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Moyes reveals what Everton coaching staff said when Real Madrid bid for Gravesen

David Moyes has told how Everton coaches thought there might have been a case of mistaken identity when Real Madrid came in for Thomas Gravesen.

The La Liga giants sealed a shock £2.5million move for Danish midfielder Gravesen in January 2005.

But Moyes, the Everton manager at the time, has revealed that he and his coaching staff questioned whether the Spanish club had the right player.

He’s suggested they could have been interested in his lookalike midfield partner Lee Carsley.

Speaking to Si Ferry for the Open Goal series, the Scot said: "Everybody used to get him mixed up with Lee Carsley, so when Real Madrid came in for him at Everton, we were saying, ‘Have they got the right one? Is it Carsley the one or is it Tommy Gravesen? The two baldies and whatnot."

Moyes, who was presumably joking about Real having the wrong player, added: "But Tommy…Tommy was mental…in a good way. He was a great player. He’d hold you off. He could keep the ball off you and we loved him but we couldn’t believe, you know?"

Gravesen spent 18 months at the Bernabeu before moving to Celtic. He later re-joined Everton on loan.

Moyes has since managed Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham.

You can watch the full interview with Moyes HERE.

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