By Harvey Byrne
Wales international midfielder Robbie Savage has revealed on Twitter that he regrets not joining Everton during his playing career.
The outspoken football pundit moved to Blackburn under Welsh manager Mark Hughes in the summer of 2005.
However, following the move he revealed that the Toffees tried to hijack the deal.
“Mark, along with my family, has been the major factor in my decision to move,” said Savage, as quoted by the official Everton club website in 2005.
“Everton came in with a late bid, but I wanted to play for Mark and Blackburn Rovers.
“I have stood by my word, and I’m just delighted we have showed faith in each other.”
Speaking on Monday, Savage responded to a fan question on his personal Twitter account whether there were any clubs he had wished he had joined during his playing career.
Savage had spells at Crewe, Leicester, Birmingham, Blackburn, Derby and Brighton during his playing career and he now works as a pundit for both the BBC and BT Sport.
Everton were knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage in the summer of 2005 and had Lee Carsley, Mikel Arteta, Kevin Kilbane, Tim Cahill and Leon Osman in their midfield.
Then manager David Moyes also brought in midfielders Simon Davies from Tottenham and Andy van der Meyde to bolster his midfield options in the 2005 summer window.