Former Hearts of Oak superstar, Charles Taylor has revealed how the club prevented him from joining Italian side Juventus.
Taylor is regarded as one of the best talents to have graced the Ghana Premier League but many football enthusiasts wondered why he failed to join any European top flight.
Explaining the reason on the Delay Show, he revealed that the Phobian club curtailed his dream move.
Narrating his ordeal, the former Ghanaian international said he was on the verge of joining Asante Kotoko but E.T Mensah who was then the Sports Minister threatened him that if he ever wanted to don the colours of any of the national teams then he should join Hearts Of Oak.
He revealed that after signing for the Phobians he got an opportunity to play for Italian side Bresci through former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah’s recommendation for four hundred thousand dollars.
He stressed that he impressed the technical handlers of the team and were prepared to sign him and sell him on to Juventus as they did with Appiah. but Hearts of Oak blocked the deal and told him there was a better deal from a Swiss club which appeared to be untrue.
Asked how much he earned from the money Hearts paid to sign him, Taylor said he didn’t get a dime, because his manager, one Jonathan Laryea took all the money to rent a shop to sell items.
He, however, said in a jovial way, that he got a black Golf 2 car from the whole deal.
After spending three seasons at Hearts of Oak, Taylor joined Kotoko in one of the heated transfers in Ghana’s history.
He was part of the Black Stars that won silver in the maiden edition of the Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN) in Ivory Coast.