Dutch football legend Clarence Seedorf has revealed that he had serious interest from three English teams during his playing career. The ex-Real Madrid and AC Milan player made the revelation while he was speaking to journalist Ben Haines who worked for 90min as he looked back on his illustrious career as a professional footballer. The 44-year-old spent the majority of his career in Italy and also had spells in Spain and Brazil. His professional career started in his native Netherlands as the member of the golden generation at Ajax Amsterdam. Clarence Seedorf was part of the youthful Ajax Amsterdam side that stunned AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League final to win the much coveted European trophy.

He told Ben Haines that the Premier League trio of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United tried to sign him while he was still playing professional football. Clarence Seedorf said that he almost signed for an English club three times before he opted to make a different decision.

He snubbed England to sign for Real Madrid when the Dutchman wanted to leave Sampdoria in 1996. Seedorf had moved to Italy for the first time in his career in 1995 shortly after the heroics of him and his Ajax Amsterdam teammates in the Champions League. His time at Sampdoria lasted for just 12 months before he seized the chance to sign for Real Madrid in the summer of 1996. The ex-Milan manager also disclosed how he snubbed England in favour of another chance to join another Italian team. Clarence Seedorf left Real Madrid to sign for Inter Milan in 1999.  He also made the decision to stay with AC Milan rather than leave the Rossoneri to move to England at the third time of asking. The former Dutch international midfielder rejected the chance to feature in the Premier League on three occasions.