Luke Chadwick has admitted to lying to his Manchester United team-mates about an imaginary girlfriend during his early days at the club – even keeping a fake photo in his wallet!
Chadwick spent seven years at the club between 1997 and 2004 – but he wasn’t completely honest with his new colleagues when joining the club at 16 years of age.
The former West Ham and Norwich midfielder is currently working with the Football Fun Factory after hanging up his boots back in 2016, and has shared the comical tale online.
While he initially created the situation out of embarrassment, he embellished the lie with a photo – and even fake phone conversions to help convince those close to him.
He said: “When I moved to Manchester at 16 I was embarrassed about not having a girlfriend!
“So I cut out the most attractive girl from my school year book kept it in my wallet in case anyone asked!
“I got so into the lie I was even having fake phone calls with my imaginary gf in digs!”
Chadwick made 39 appearances for United between 1999 and 2003, scoring two goals and winning the Premier League in 2000/01 under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Having left Old Trafford after loans with Royal Antwerp, Reading and Burnley – Chadwick spent time with West Ham, Stoke, Norwich and MK Dons before joining his local side Cambridge United.
Previously, Chadwick shared an insight into his mental health during the early stages of his career, earning the support from his 26 thousand followers on Twitter.
He said last May: “As a young footballer the abuse I received about my appearance affected my mental health a lot.The feeling of embarrassment stopped me talking about how I felt.
“Although uncomfortable at times,it's so important we talk about our feelings to get through the tough times!”
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