FOOTBALL: MACCA'S STRIP CHOKER.STEVE McMANAMAN Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. played the diplomat yesterday in an attempt to save himself from the venom of the Kop.
The England forward refused to don the colours of his new club Real Madrid when he was unveiled in the Bernabeu Stadium after passing his medical.
A Real official said: "We quite understand. It could be embarrassing if he was photographed in a Real strip on the pitch. Steve is still a Liverpool player and we feel he made the right decision." McManaman packs his bags for Spain at the end of the season and joins the European Cup holders on a five-year contract worth more than pounds 2million a year.
"The Liverpool fans' reaction to my signing for Real has been very positive on the whole," he said in Madrid.
"There has been some unrest Unrest is a sociological phenomenon, for instance:
"I have had 12 marvellous years at Liverpool and the time is right for a new stage in my career."
McManaman will be the only English player in the Spanish league Spanish league can refer to:
McManaman said: "I will have to adapt to the culture as a person as well as a player."
He also revealed that there were offers from other European clubs. "I don't want to go into who they were, but once I knew Real were interested, that was it," he said.
"Their history is fantastic. They are the current champions of Europe and the world. I think switching to continental football will make me a better player. Hopefully I can get back in the England squad."
McManaman refused to be drawn into talking about the dressing-room fight between Real team-mates Clarence Seedorf Clarence Seedorf (born April 1, 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname) is a Dutch-Surinamese football midfielder, who currently plays for AC Milan in Serie A. He was the first, and to date, the only person to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs: Ajax (1995), Real and Spanish defender Fernando Hierro Fernando Ruiz Hierro (born March 23 1968 in Vélez-Málaga) is a former Spanish footballer. He is most famous as a member of Real Madrid and Spain, for whom he played as a defender, and sometimes as a defensive midfielder. after the European Cup clash with Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.