Real Betis captain Joaquin: “I almost joined Real Madrid”

Real Betis winger Joaquin Sanchez has admitted he was very close to signing for Real Madrid instead of Valencia back in 2006.

After six seasons in the Betis first-team Joaquin eventually moved to Valencia in a €25m deal after Madrid saw their approach rejected.

“I wanted to sign for Real Madrid and it was very close,” Joaquin – who would also play for Malaga and Fiorentina before returning to Betis in 2015 – told Onda Cero, as cited by Marca.

“I was ready to sign my contract and undergo medical tests, they wanted me and I wanted them but it was not to bed.

“The Betis president (Manuel Ruiz de) Lopera knew this is what I wanted because I made it clear to him, this would be the prime opportunity for me and my career.

“But he wanted a massive sum of money and when we spoke to Florentino (Perez, Real Madrid president) he said the demands were too high and it could not happen.”

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