Chicago Fire have revealed that they attempted to lure Zinedine Zidane out of retirement.
But the former France star, who retired after last year’s World Cup final, has no plans to resume his career.
The club’s general manager, John Guppy, told the Chicago Tribune: “We reached out to Zidane, but so has every other MLS club. The feedback we’ve all gotten is that he’s retired.”
The Fire said they also failed in a bid to bring Swede Henrik Larsson to MLS.
Larsson is currently on loan at Manchester United from his hometown club Helsingborg.
And Guppy added: “We were very interested in signing him. But he made it clear that he wanted to return to his hometown.
“It wasn’t about us not offering the right deal. It was a personal decision.
“When Manchester United came around, it was something he couldn’t turn down. His representative told us when his loan with Manchester United is over, he’s going back to Helsingborg.”