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Stam reveals Beckham tried to stop Man United selling him

6 Jan 2000: Ryan Giggs, Jaap Stam, David Beckham and Gary Neville of Manchester United line up to face Necaxa in the FIFA Club World Championship group B match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The game ended 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

Jaap Stam has revealed that David Beckham tried to stop Manchester United from selling him to Lazio back in 2001.

Stam has revealed how David Beckham tried to stop him from being sold by the club 19 years ago.

In his three year stay at the club from 1998-2001, the Dutchman was one of the world’s best in his position and was a key figure in the Man United ranks.

Much of the troubles for Stam started when some controversial passages of his autobiography being published by the Daily Mirror.

Some of the statements were reported to have angered Ferguson at the time, who ultimately decided to let the defender go.

Stam, who is currently the head coach of FC Cincinnati has looked back at the incident and how David Beckham tried to intervene from the club selling him.

“Just after I arrived in Rome, I got a call from David Beckham,” he told FourFourTwo . “The United squad had spoken about it, and he expressed the general feeling among them that I should stay. 

“My departure was a big blow to everyone, as nobody expected it to happen. It was nice to hear that from him, and it showed how close we were as a group. That made it tough to leave, but given the situation at the time, I felt it was better for me to go.”

Stam also revealed that he didn’t have it easy following extracts of his book released with twisted headlines to the public.

“When a paper buys the rights to publish extracts from a book, they can make up their own headlines – and that was what troubled me,” Stam said. 

“It kept me awake at night, as I was wondering what would be in the paper the following day. Initially, Ferguson had told me not to worry about it, but on Wednesday – the morning of the match – I was informed that I should report for talks with him the next day, because he wasn’t happy about some of it. 

A week later, it all came crashing for Stam at Old Trafford.

“A bit later that week, I was driving home from training when my agent phoned, telling me I’d been sold. I was like: ‘What?!’ He said, ‘Yeah, they’ll contact you in a minute’.