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Barcelona and Real Madrid were interested in me – Bortey

Former Accra Hearts of Oak forward, Bernard Don Bortey has revealed how he missed a glorious opportunity to play for Real Madrid and Barcelona due to the absence of professional management and other obstacles.

The 36-year-old who has been regarded as one of the best players to have graced the Ghana Premier League was part of Ghana’s squad that finished third at the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand 1999.

“I was the best then and everyone wanted to see me,” he told Citi TV.

“The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United and many other big offers from various places.

“I was fifteen years then so I could not talk to an agent and I did not have a manager at the time.

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“Even the coach did not want me talking to agents so the offer was squandered.

“Arsenal followed me to Ghana. Tony Adams was part of the team and I was with Hearts at the time.

“They ended up signing Kolo Toure instead,” he added.

Despite being on the wrong end of the age ladder, the 36-year-old Bortey insists he is not retired and believes he can play a key role for any of the local clubs given the chance.

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