Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn reveals how close he came to joining Chelsea

first_img Here’s how racism was addressed after Bulgaria v EnglandTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:34FullscreenHere’s how racism was addressed after Bulgaria v England is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’m so proud of making two appearances, one for 20 minutes and one for 45 minutes. They’re still caps for England that some people would dream about.‘I always say, when people ask about regrets, if I could have just started one game for England, that’s what I wanted to do, just to show, I was good enough to play.’Winterburn’s former club Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League and face Sheffield United this weekend.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Winterburn went on to secure legendary status at Arsenal (Picture: Allsport)‘I don’t really talk about it a lot, but two weeks before that [signing for Arsenal] I had gone to Chelsea for talks,’ Winterburn told the Football Ramble Daily podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They wanted to sign me but that all fell apart.’Asked why his move to Chelsea fell through, Winterburn responded: ‘I have no idea. I tend to find with me, that with life, if things don’t go well, the best way to deal with it is to block it out.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Maybe I asked for too much money! A few days after that they signed Tony Dorigo, so they were obviously eyeing up us both, and maybe he was the better option at the time.’Winterburn made two appearances for England after emerging as a star at Arsenal but never started a fixture for his country.On his brief international career, Winterburn added: ‘I think I knew all along my journey in professional football, and particularly when playing for Arsenal, that I wasn’t going to get a lot of caps for England. Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn reveals how close he came to joining Chelsea Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 16 Oct 2019 4:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link395Shares Nigel Winterburn, right, almost joined Chelsea before signing for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Nigel Winterburn has revealed a move to Chelsea ‘fell apart’ before he secured a move to Arsenal.Arsenal signed Winterburn from Wimbledon in 1987 in a deal worth £350,000. The left back went on to make over 400 appearances for the Gunners, helping the club win three league titles and two FA Cups.Winterburn is regarded as one of Arsenal’s greatest defenders but he has revealed he almost signed for Chelsea instead in the late 1980s. Advertisementlast_img