Besart Berisha: Premier League giants wanted to sign me

Besart Berisha: Premier League giants wanted to sign me


Melbourne Victory star Besart Berisha has revealed that Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United were interested in signing him back in 2007.

Their eyes were caught as a result of the little-known Albanian’s performance against an England ‘B’ team which featured the likes of Michael Owen and Phil Neville.

Despite being on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline, Berisha stole the show by scoring his side’s goal and threatening on a number of occasions – a match he remembers fondly.

“Really I remember all the Premier League clubs look at me but Burnley signed me quick,” Berisha told the official A-League website.

“I played against England, an unbelievable game. I was in the top [form] and good shape.

“But I heard other clubs were interested too. My manager told me something about Manchester United and Liverpool were also interested.

“I remember, I was on top [at the time]. I was playing for Hamburg at the time and super strong.

“But I signed with Burnley on a three-year deal because the coach [Scottish manager Steven Caldwell] wanted me and I liked the stadium [Turf Moor].

“It was great for me and I liked the special supporters at Burnley. I loved it.”

Berisha’s time at Turf Moor was plagued by an ACL injury, which hampered his hopes of crafting out a major career in England’s top-flight.

“So I had to find my way again. And this is when the move to Australia came closer. I needed a new start and I ended up in Brisbane from Burnley.

“So it was like being on the top, then falling down.”

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