“Real Madrid wanted to sign me” says Pennant

Liverpool's English midfielder Jermaine Pennant tries a shot at goal during their Premiership match against Fulham at home to Fulham at Craven Cottage football stadium on April 19, 2008. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA Mobile and website use of domestic English football pictures are subject to obtaining a Photographic End User Licence from Football DataCo Ltd Tel : +44 (0) 207 864 9121 or e-mail accreditations@football-dataco.com - applies to Premier and Football League (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has claimed that Real Madrid wanted to sign him.

The Englishman has said that the Spanish giants contacted his agent over a deal to take him to the Bernabeu in January 2009 – but he was denied the chance because Juande Ramos did not want him in his squad.

“Real Madrid wanted to sign me when Juande Ramos, was in charge there.” he told FourFourTwo.

“The board wanted to do the deal as they wanted a right-winger.

“On transfer deadline day I got a call from my agent, saying, ‘You could be going to Madrid – keep your phone on’.

“But the board had gone over the manager’s head, so he started to get upset, and to placate him they pulled the plug on the deal.

“The club wanted me, the manager didn’t.” he added.

Pennant did end up making a loan exit on the deadline day of January 2009 – he completed a switch to play for Portsmouth for the remainder of that season.

A move to Spain wasn’t far away, however, as he completed a permanent switch to join Real Zaragoza the following Summer.

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