Barcelona legend and current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly rejected Sir Alex Ferguson’s move for him back in the year 2000.
Pep Guardiola has played for Barcelona 263 times in a career which spanned 16 years. Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted midfielder who usually played in deeper roles.
He spent the majority of his career with Barcelona, forming a part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” that won the club’s first European Cup in 1992, and four successive La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994.
Guardiola’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg revealed: “The first club that went in hard for Guardiola was United. They really wanted him. Pep never wanted to talk about it.
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“He kept his word, even when it involved Manchester United, a club that any player would have killed to negotiate with.
“United pressed me but I couldn’t do anything. Pep hadn’t yet explained to the Barcelona president he wasn’t going to stay.
“United then gave us an ultimatum, they wanted a face-to-face meeting between Ferguson and Guardiola. They had to plan their team and couldn’t wait any longer.”
Orobitg added: “Josep has never regretted that decision, he always accepts responsibility for what he does.”
Ferguson never gave the Spaniard another chance in the next summer window.
Pep Guardiola managed the Manchester City side which beat José Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.