The former Villarreal midfielder says he turned down a move to Old Trafford.
The Argentine enjoyed a fine career with Villareal in La Liga and was often touted for a move to a number of Europe’s bigger sides, with several in the Premier League rumoured to be interested over the years.
One of those were Manchester United, who were thought to have made a sizeable offer for his services back in 2007, according to Sky, and Riquelme says rejecting United is his only regret from a long playing career.
“The only thing I regret in my career was a decision I made that came when I was drinking with a friend at the hotel in England before the semi-final with Arsenal,” he told MundoD.
“The Manchester United manager came to me and wanted to buy me, but I said no. I was going to stay at Villareal because I was very comfortable their with my teammates.”
A move to England certainly would have been an interesting one for Riquelme, with many fans wondering if he could have performed the same in England as he did in the sunny climate of Spain.
It would have also been curious to see how he’d have fit in at Old Trafford, as United have never truly had had a number 10 of his ilk. Indeed, it is something they have looked to improve on in later years through the players such as Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata.
While Kagawa proved a failure, Mata has been a success thus far, and it is fascinating to wonder how Riquelme may have fared should he have decided to join Manchester United.