Harry Kewell was the one that got away for Inter

Harry Kewell

Not signing newly retired midfielder Harry Kewell was a constant frustration for former Inter president Massimo Moratti, according to the Italian press.

Inter narrowly missed out on signing Australian star Harry Kewell on more than one occasion and former club owner Massimo Moratti was reportedly bitter at missing out on him.

Kewell has just announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 having struggled with injury problems in the latter part of his career.

Arguably Australia's greatest ever footballer, Kewell played for Leeds between 1996 and 2003 and rose to stardom in a side that unexpectedly reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001.

It is widely reported that Inter attempted to sign Kewell in 2000 but saw an offer of around £25m rebuffed before Leeds' financial collapse two years later.

Tuttomercatoweb states that Inter chief Moratti went after Kewell again in 2003 and set aside close to £7m to purchase him, only to miss out again.

Kewell opted instead for Liverpool where he would remain until joining Turkish side Galatasaray in 2008.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Moratti wanted Kewell as his pupil in the style of Alvaro Recoba and took the rejection personally.

Worldwide press have praised Kewell's career after his declaration with Australia's papers paying special tribute to an inspiration to the nation's footballers.

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