GARY NEVILLE has recalled the time Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard bluntly shut him down when he attempted to convince him to join Manchester United.
The Sky Sports pundit has admitted to tapping-up his English compatriot while on international duty.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted he failed to convince Steven Gerrard to join the clubCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Sir Alex Ferguson sent Neville on tapping-up missions while on international duty
Neville revealed in his autobiography Red that he tried to convince Gerrard to swap Anfield for Old Trafford during Euro 2004.
But it was to no avail, as the Reds icon, 41, declared that the idea of linking up with Liverpool‘s rivals was never an option.
Though Neville, 46, insisted that the Aston Villa boss was tempted to make the move to Chelsea following a chat with John Terry.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Gerrard’s ex-team-mate Jamie Carragher asked his colleague how Sir Alex Ferguson sent him on tapping-up missions.
To which Neville joked: “Will I get fined by the FA for this, for an illegal approach?”
He then added: “I think it would be something casual, it wouldn’t be like ‘go and poach him’ or anything like that.
“But have a chat with him, see what his plans are, where does he like to eat? What was he like? That type of thing, have a conversation.
“And I think there were was two or three times it happened with England with me, where I spoke to Alan Shearer during Euro 1996. I had a conversation with him.
“But I was more a junior at that time, so I couldn’t have a serious conversation with him.
“Definitely with Wayne Rooney had a little chat, but just again, he’s a younger player so you can’t put too much pressure on him.
“With Stevie, it was a full on assault. Let’s get him out of there. I want him out of there.
“To be fair, Stevie’s answer was, he said: ‘My family and me would never be able to go back to Liverpool ever again.’
“It was a very short conversation. He was very loyal Liverpool fans. Not as loyal I think when John Terry went round to his room.
“I think John Terry got around ten minutes out of him, I got probably around 30 seconds.”
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