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Savage regrets missed chance

Robbie Savage admits his biggest regret was not signing for Everton as he contemplates hanging up his boots at the end of the forthcoming season.

The 35-year-old midfielder will quit the game and further develop a flourishing media career if not offered a new contract by Derby next summer. But Savage wishes he had pressed home the opportunity to play for David Moyes side when the chance came up during his spell at Birmingham.

Savage, currently promoting his new autobiography 'Savage!', said: "There are a few things I regret in my career. I regret the way it ended with Steve Bruce at Birmingham because to be playing for him was great."

He added: "My time at Birmingham was probably the most successful of my career.

"I know I played for Blackburn in Europe but, in terms of having everything, at Birmingham it was incredible.

"I regret getting Justin Edinburgh sent off in the Leicester versus Tottenham League Cup final in 1999.

"But the biggest regret of my career was not signing for Everton. I had a great opportunity to do that and I wish I had pushed that a bit harder."

Savage added: "I was at the World Cup this summer and I saw David Moyes and I said 'why didn't you sign me?'

"And he said 'we couldn't afford you in the end' tongue in cheek.

"But he put two or three bids in for me and one was accepted by Birmingham but it got turned down at the last minute for some reason and I went to Blackburn instead."

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