Barca star came close to leaving Nou Camp.
Influential Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that he came close to quitting the club back in 2008 in favour of a move to German giants Bayern Munich, according to Sports Direct News.
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The 33-year-old has been a mainstay in the starting XI since first breaking into the side way back in 1998, and in that time he has collected seven La Liga titles, three Champions League winner’s medals as well as a plethora of personal accolades as many regard him as the best midfield player of his generation.
However, the World Cup winner revealed earlier this week that he came close to moving to Germany with giants Bayern Munich after he was named best player at Euro 2008, and it was only a quiet word in the ear from then coach Pep Guardiola that prevented him from making the move.
“Pep took me and told me that I could not go, that the Barca he had in mind would turn around if some players committed, including myself. It was another good decision because my desire is to retire at Barca,” he said.
Guardiola’s Barca side then went on to collect even more honours before he left to go and join Bayern, ironically.
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