Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed in an interview with Oasis band member Noel Gallagher that he almost signed for the club back in 2005 during the Stuart Peace era.
Guardiola admits that City were right to not sign him as he was a ‘disaster’ at the time.
“I came here at 33-34 years old and in that time as a football player I was definitely a disaster. It was so intelligent not to pick me up,” Guardiola sid.
The City boss revealed all in an interview that was shared on the official club Youtube page.
Guardiola revealed that he was 33-34 at the time the offer presented itself and that he was in no state – physically – to play in the Premier League.
The former Barcelona boss stated that the deal offered was for just six-months and that he did not want to disrupt his family for a short stint in the league.
“My dream in that time was to play in the Premier League. He offered me one half year – not a complete season. I had to wonder about family, I can not live without them and in the end we didn’t decide [to sign],” he said.
“When you analyse in that moment my physical condition I think it was the right decision. Don’t pick Pep up.”
Guardiola is one of the most successful managers in world football having won domestic titles with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich as well as three Champions League trophies with the La Liga giants.
The Spanish manager never played in the Premier League and this will be his first stint in England as a coach.
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