The man Mou wanted for Madrid and ended up in Turkey: “Valdano vetoed me”

There are stories that don’t happen that can change a player’s career forever. In 2011, Hugo Almeida could change his future if he had crystallized the interest that José Mourinho had in taking him to Real Madrid.

Luso like him, the then Real Madrid coach needed a signing to replace Gonzalo Higuaín who had been injured and was going to be out for a time. Finally, the chosen one ended up being Emmanuel Adebayor, but Hugo Almeida revealed in ‘Jornal de Notícias’ that it could be him.

I was ending my contract at Werder Bremen and the opportunity to go to Real Madrid arose. José Mourinho wanted me to go. I worked my entire career to get to a club of that size, besides having friends there, “explained the former forward.

“Unfortunately, things did not work out. The sports director – it was Jorge Valdano – did not love me and I had to continue my career elsewhere, “continued the Portuguese international, who ended up signing for Besiktas in that same winter market.

Hugo Almeida also recalled that signing for the Istanbul box: “Then the Besiktas appeared and I liked the adventure they were proposing. I don’t know if I would accept it again, but I was happy. “

After scoring 63 goals for the German team, he went to Besiktas, where he scored 44 goals in what was the second most important team of his career.

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