Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has revealed that he once tried to sign Real Madrid star Luka Modric, only to have the move blocked by the Magpies' board.
After a successful period in charge of Newcastle during the mid 1990s, Keegan returned to manage the club in 2008 following Sam Allardyce's dismissal.
"His agent flew up from London. I explained what a great club Newcastle was, how the supporters would adore Modric and how we were looking for someone to spark us off.
"Then Jimenez piped up. 'Can I come in here?' he said. 'I don’t think Luka is good enough for the Premier League. He’s too lightweight. He’s decent, but he’s not good enough.'
"It was an awful moment and, 10 years on, it needs only a cursory glance at Modric’s achievements to realise what a nonsense it was. Even back then, however, it was laughable."
Modric has since gone on to enjoy a glittering career, shining at Tottenham before moving to Real Madrid in 2012. He also managed to win the Golden Ball whilst playing for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.