He told The Sun: "I spoke with Sir Alex (Ferguson) when my Real Madrid team knocked United out of the Champions League last season and I told him what I wanted to do - that Chelsea is what I wanted. That was the direction I wanted to go.
"Everyone knew Benitez was not going to stay, everyone knew my relationship with the club and it was an opportunity I didn't want to lose.
"So I don't know if Sir Alex thought of me for United or not - that's not the point. The point is he knew clearly that I wanted to go to Chelsea."
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