Tenerife midfielder Valentin Vada has confirmed he once had the chance to sign for Chelsea and Real Madrid in the early days of his professional career.
He is currently on loan at the Spanish second tier side from Almeria, who Valentin joined in a £675,000 deal from Bordeaux back in 2019.
Before the transfer to Spain, Vada had spent the entirety of his career in France, initially signing for Bordeaux’s U19 side two years ago and moving up their ranks to the senior team via a spell with their B team.
He’d go on to make 86 appearances across all competitions for them, either side of a 12 game loan stint at fellow French side Saint-Etienne.
Vada now finds himself trying to impress in La Liga 2, something Valentin is currently doing after a difficult start to life while on loan with Tenerife.
However, it appears the Argentine star could have been destined for greater things, had his first-team as a youngster been a little more open when the west Londoners and Madrid came knocking.
“When I was nine years old, I started travelling to Bordeaux. In Cordoba (Argentina), there was the Crecer Project, which is like a Girondins subsidiary,” the South American told El Dia.
“The people from that club used to go to see me in Argentina, and from a very young age, I began to travel three or four times a year. But I was also with Real Madrid and Chelsea, who wanted to sign me.
“In the end, I decided to sign with Girondins thinking that it was the best option because one saw the quarries of Real Madrid and Chelsea and thought that, perhaps, there it would be more difficult to stand out. They just wanted to have the player.”