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Lorenzo Sanz wanted to sign Michael Carrick for Real Madrid


Michael Carrick's career could have taken a radical change in the summer of 2006, when Lorenzo Sanz, a candidate for the Real Madrid presidency, had the then-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder in his portfolio had he managed to win the election.

Instead, the current Manchester United interim boss joined the Red Devils that same summer in exchange for 27.2 million euros and played 464 games at Old Trafford, scoring 24 goals and producing 37 assists before he retired in 2018.

Ahead of the Real Madrid presidential election, Sanz had included Carrick in his wish list alongside players such as Emerson and Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors) and Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg).

"We have an agreement with these five footballers and their clubs," Sanz said at the time.

"None of them are Galacticos, but they are team players.

"[Carrick] is [Frank] Lampard's partner in England's midfield. He is 24 years old, has a lot of quality and is very good in his position."

The approval of Del Bosque... and Monchi

Sanz had promised Real Madrid fans that Vicente del Bosque would be appointed as head coach, with Monchi coming in as sporting director from Sevilla in the event he won the election.

"[Del Bosque] will be the coach and will come with his entire team," said Sanz.

"He will make us great. On July 3 [Monchi] will be the sports director if I am president."

However, Sanz received just 2,377 votes and finished fourth in the election, behind Ramon Calderon (8,343), Juan Palacios (8,098) and Juan Miguel Villar Mir (6,702).

"Many conditions have to be met," said Monchi at the time. "First you have to win. Then you have to talk to me and then talk to the president of Sevilla. Today I have no other goal than being the sporting director of Sevilla for as long as the club wants me."

Monchi stayed at the Andalusian club and Carrick signed for Manchester United, while Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Mahamadou Diarra and Jose Antonio Reyes ended up joining Real Madrid that summer.

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