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Former Arsenal star Lauren has revealed he was close to joining Real Madrid but changed his decision at the last minute to join Arsenal.
The Ex Cameroonian footballer was also part of the 2003-2004 “invincible’ he revealed how he joined the Gunners when Arsene Wenger approached him.
Speaking of his transfer to Arsenal, Lauren told AS: “It was fairly informal.
“I met up with David Dein and Arsène Wenger on the outskirts of London. They offered me a cup of tea and we talked about football.
“I took that as their way of trying to figure me out psychologically as they already knew what I was like on the pitch.
“Candidate for the 2000 Real Madrid presidency, Juan] Onieva made me an offer to join Madrid but it was the encouragement I got from Wenger which convinced me that Arsenal was the place for me.”