Julien Faubert explained why he rejected a move to Glasgow Rangers in favour of joining West Ham 13 years ago, when speaking exclusively to the Athletic.
The now 36-year-old spent five years at Upton Park, having joined the Hammers from Bordeaux for around £6.1 million (The Scotsman). And he mostly impressed for the east London outfit.
Faubert registered two goals and 11 assists in 121 appearances for West Ham (Transfermarkt).
The 10-capped Martinique international was loaned out to Real Madrid in January 2009 in what was a real shock transfer at the time.
The former West Ham man is now plying his trade in his homeland with Etoile Frejus Saint-Raphael – a Championnat National 2 league side.
Things could have been so different for Faubert earlier on in his career, however.
Rangers just missed out…
The 36-year-old told the Athletic how he was very close to joining Rangers before the Hammers intervened and stole him from the Gers’ grasp:
“I almost signed for Rangers. We were sitting around the table and ready to complete the deal. Then my manager asked me to leave the room and said a Premier League team want to sign me. We stopped the negotiations and met the people from West Ham. I liked the way they approached me because they said they saw me play a lot of games for the under-21s and Alan Curbishley really wanted me to join. He spoke to me on the phone and I just knew it was the right club for me. Looking back now it was one of the best decisions in my life.”
Faubert always gave 100 per cent for West Ham. He wasn’t the easiest on the eye, but he ended up being very good value for money for just £6.1 million.
Rangers missed out on a very capable player. The 36-year-old would surely have taken Scottish football by storm.
In truth, however, we will never know how Faubert’s career would have developed, had he moved to Ibrox instead of Upton Park.