Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president, has revealed that the Spanish giants decided against signing Manchester City’s David Silva over concerns about his alleged ‘drinking’ and ‘partying’ lifestyle.
Silva, 33, was about to seal a £30 million move to Madrid back in 2010 before it was sensationally scrapped.
According to The Athletic, Perez went as far as telling a Madrid delegate to grab the then 24-year-old’s suitcase after a match against Silva’s Valencia.
Perez told the delegate: “Take the suitcase to the locker room, because next year David will be with us.”
Having then had his picture taken with Perez’s nephews, Silva became more and more open to making the switch to the Bernabeu.
But after Madrid’s character study of the diminutive play-maker, they reportedly decided he did not behave with the “required dignity” to be a star at the Bernabeu.
Silva eventually joined City in 2010 and made his 400th appearance for the Premier League champions in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday.
Since signing for City, he has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
He has confirmed that he will leave City at the end of the season after a decade of service with the Manchester club.