Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has come out to claim that he thought his summer move to Manchester United was all sorted, only to be stopped after Sir Alex Ferguson had left his post and replaced by David Moyes.
It seemed that the signing of Ezequiel Garay at Manchester United would only be a matter of time during the summer transfer window, with many European newspapers stating that the deal was done, even rumoured that the Argentinian was house hunting with his agent in Alderley Edge.
A deal that never surfaced during the farcical summer transfer window at Manchester United which concluded in Mararoune Fellaini signing for £27.5million with moments to spare in the transfer window.
27-year-old defender Ezequiel Garay claims that it was down to new manager David Moyes pulling the plug on the deal, after not believing he would make it at Manchester United and offering the full amount which Benfica requested as to why the transfer was not completed.
The latest quotes to come from The Mirror, Ezequiel Garay said:
“I believed I was going to join Manchester United in the summer. The deal was nearly closed but finally Benfica did not accept the offer.
“I believe the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson has influenced the deal. Moyes did not believe in me as much but that’s not a problem.
“I am happy at Benfica and have a lot of dreams and ambitions for this season.
“Now I only think about the present which is Benfica but it’s never possible to discard anything in the future.”
FC Barcelona are reportedly now interested in signing Ezequiel Garay in the January transfer window, but they will have to stump up the asking price of £20million that Benfica are asking for the defender.