Manchester United’s former forward Tiago Bebe has said that he was shocked to learn that the English club were willing to pay €9 million to Vitoria de Guimaraes for his services, but insists that his life in England is a thing of the past as he now hopes to shine for new club Cordoba.
The Portuguese-born player signed for the Primeira Liga side in 2010 from Estrela, but after just five weeks with the new club, it was reported that United’s then manager Sir Alex Ferguson had signed a mystery player, and Tiago moved to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old had a buyout clause of €9 million with Guimaraes, and the Red Devils reportedly met that to bring the player to Manchester in a sheer gamble of a deal considering Ferguson had just met him the day before the contract was signed and had never seen him play.
“I had a contract with a termination clause of €9m and after just two days there was a team that wanted to pay it. And I went to Manchester. I thought they were joking”, Tiago said in an interview to Spanish daily Marca.
But the young lad was unable to make an impression at Manchester United and after a mere two appearances for the Premier League giants Tiago was sent out on a loan deal to Turkish side Besiktas and then spent time back in his homeland with Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira.
A brilliant spell of 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Pacenses impressed Spanish club Benfica into permanently signing the player for €3 million in July last year. But once again failing to establish himself in a top club, he moved to La Liga rivals Cordoba for a season long loan earlier this month and insists that he is once again ready to give his all.
“I learned a lot from Ferguson. What went wrong? Well, I needed more experience to deal with that. My best football was with Pacos de Ferreira”, the player was quoted as saying.
“There I began a new life. I played as much as I needed to, and I responded. Then I went to Benfica and saw that I was not going to have much room, and asked them to let me leave and came here.
“I’m happy and eager to give everything in Cordoba today.
“In Manchester I was a child and I was alone. I’ve grown now and am a better and a different person. Cordoba is a great chance to prove my worth and I think I’ll do well”, Tiago added.