Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has revealed he almost left Bayern Munich for Chelsea when Louis van Gaal took over in 2009.
The French winger has gone on to become a mainstay at Bayern as they have once again risen to prominence in Europe.
However, he says he held talks with Madrid officials and that Chelsea had offered “crazy” transfer fees of “60, 65, 70, or even 80 million euros” get a deal done.
As quoted on the Daily Express website, he said: “I was pulled one way and then the other, that made my head spin.
“I was on the verge of leaving, then had two, three conversations with (former general manager) Uli Hoeness and (chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. And they were really cool, I will never forget that.”