Back in 2004 the Frenchman instructed the club’s president to make a move for the player, only for him to decide to remain at Anfield
Zinedine Zidane has revealed he told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Steven Gerrard back in 2004.
The Liverpool midfielder announced his decision to depart the club at the end of the season this week, bringing to an end his 17-year association with the club.
Gerrard came close to leaving the Reds and joining Chelsea in 2005 after handing in a transfer request following their Champions League success.
And he could well have left Liverpool 12 months before that had Zidane got his wish, with the France legend admitting he did his best to get Madrid to pursue a move.
“I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world,” said the 42-year-old.
“I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid.
“I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man.”
Gerrard confirmed he will join an as yet unspecified MLS club in the summer and Zidane believes the former England captain still has much to offer as a player.
“The years of him winning trophies are not behind him. I am sure he will be very successful in the MLS.”