LAURENT Blanc revealed how he was in the running to become Manchester United boss.
The Frenchman has been linked with the post on numerous occasions following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
More recently he was in the frame to replace Jose Mourinho but the board opted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim boss.
But it appears he came closest to returning to his former club as manager following the sacking of David Moyes in 2014.
Speaking to The Times, he revealed: “I had a call from a director, I’d prefer not to say who, and some discussion,
“But I was in Paris so it was very difficult for me to leave.
“We kept in touch but they went with Van Gaal in the end.”
Blanc has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 after his side were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals to Manchester City.
But he has thrown himself in the shop window and admits a move to England would be too difficult to turn down.
Blanc added: “Managing in England is a big ambition. I have big experience at Paris.
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“It’s difficult for me to go to another club in France. I want a different challenge in England, Spain or Italy.
“I played in those countries, I know them, so I keep going to games and I see what calls come in.”