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Sport Pep Guardiola convinced Xavi to not leave FC Barcelona for Bayern Munich

03:00  09 november  2021
03:00  09 november  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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New FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was thinking about his future back in 2008, and at least for a brief period of time, he was considering a future away from Barcelona. Where was he considering? Why, it was Bavaria and Bayern Munich, of course.

  Pep Guardiola convinced Xavi to not leave FC Barcelona for Bayern Munich © Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images

“After EURO 2008, I felt that Barcelona were ready to give up. Real Madrid were champions, not us. I knew the club were ready to sell me, if a good offer came,” Xavi said to MARCA (via Sport Bild). “I spoke to my agent Ivan Corretja and he told me that there was an offer from Bavaria. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wanted me.”

What else was happening in 2008 that would lead Bayern to putting out feelers for Xavi? Bastian Schweinsteiger was thinking about leaving Munich for Inter Milan. Xavi, however, didn’t need to wait for Schweinsteiger’s destination to be determined before making up his mind. All it took was a conversation with the (at the time) new Barcelona coach and future Bayern coach Pep Guardiola to convince Xavi to remain in Catalonia.

“Guardiola became the new coach in Barcelona. And I played a great 2008 European Championship. Pep told me I wasn’t going anywhere and explained that he couldn’t imagine Barcelona without me. I was captivated by his words.”

Grand relief or no historic wrong: Xavi facing its first big challenge on the Barca bench .
© PAU BARRENA / AFP Xavi account of his former teammates, Pique and Busquets to lead the way at Barca. The first steps may not bode well for the rest of the story. Sir Alex Ferguson lost the first of his 1,500 games at the helm of Manchester United. Pep Guardiola had himself started 4 good years in Barcelona with a defeat at lowly Numancia. It therefore does not need to stop at two meetings to judge Xavi coach. But the second is already crucial for the future short-term Blaugrana.

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