Arsenal's Silvestre: Man Utd boss Ferguson didn't want me to leave

Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson didn't want him to leave Manchester United.

Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson didn't want him to leave Manchester United.

Silvestre said: “The only thing he said was that he wished me luck but was not pleased with my decision.

"After spending nine years at United it was a privilege to play for such a big club. It’s also a privilege to now play for Arsenal.

“I still keep in touch with the United players. You build up strong relationships.

“This was one of the first games I put in my diary. November 8 is going to be a strange day but a lot of players have been through this and I am not worried about it.”

Silvestre admits the French influence of Wenger and his close friend William Gallas played a major role in helping him to join Arsenal.

Silvestre said: “Sometimes I had William on the phone but the only French part about this move was that I spoke to Arsene Wenger in French, which was easier.

“Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have the qualities to manage a group of 25 top players and this is a great ability.”

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