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Hernan Crespo: Three times I've had chance to join Real Madrid

Former Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo has revealed how he three times had the chance to join Real Madrid.

Crespo says one of those occasions was as a coach.

"In 2002, I was at Lazio and it was either me or Ronaldo who would go to Real Madrid," Crespo told The Tactical Room. "They bought Ronaldo, and I went to Inter as his replacement. If Ronaldo had stayed at Inter, I would have signed for Madrid.

"The second [chance to go to Real Madrid] was in January 2009, in José Mourinho's first season at Inter. Madrid came in for me, but they were only offering a six-month contract, because they had [presidential] elections coming up. I didn't accept it."

When Carlo Ancelotti left Paris Saint-Germain to take over at Madrid in 2013, Crespo could have taken his first steps as a coach as number two to the Italian.

"I watched games [for Ancelotti when he was at PSG]," the 44-year-old, now a youth coach with Parma, said. "I compiled reports and gave him my vision of teams. I did it a number of times, watching the games on TV at home.

"The plan was that I'd be his assistant at Real Madrid, we'd talked about it. But [Madrid president] Florentino Pérez wanted to appoint [Zinedine] Zidane in the role, and let's just say that was a good decision."

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