A new report from Spanish site AS claims that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would have stayed with the team if certain key players had been sold.
The former manager had asked for Cesc Fabregas, Dani Alves, and Gerard Pique to leave because they were not committed. The Villa trade had more strategic reasons.
“Gardiola felt especially defrauded by Cesc as a person, as he was the one to bring him and extend a hand, Fabregas failed him,” said sports agent Francois Gallardo, who manages John Terry among others, to the site Intereconomia.
Sandro Rosell and the Barcelona front office refused. It had already been rumored that Guardiola would only stay if Pique left, as they pair had a publicly rocky relationship.
“Sandro new that those players were untouchable because the fans would not accept selling them,” added the agent.
Guardiola had said that he left the team because of personal reasons, as he wanted to take a year off to be with his family.
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- People pay for a ticket and want to see something special, said the former Barcelona manager. Photo: Mexsport
- I had the great luck of finding my passion when I was young. I was born in a small town in Catalonia and one day I saw a ball and it liberated me. I said, I want to dedicate myself to this. To find a dose of fortune and live with that passion. Photo: Mexsport
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- Dont listen to your parents or brothers, your girlfriend or boyfriend. You have to discover what it is you really like, that is key. I had the luck to discover it and live with it. Photo: Mexsport
- I want to thank Carlos Slim for letting me enjoy this conference, where I learned a lot; its comparable to the honor of training once-in-a-lifetime players; I was chosen, that was my merit. I was training the best team in the world; the people I managed gave me everything which made my job easier. Photo: Mexsport
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- I have played and understood life, understood my companions and respected my superiors. I improved every day, playing competing. Sport has taught me everything. Photo: Mexsport
- A former coach, Charles Rexach, used to say: we dont go to work; we go play ball for a while; he showed us to play in a specific way; there was an opponent, a ball and he said we had to go steal it but in an educated fashion; and if they win, we have to congratulate them. Photo: Mexsport
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- I dont know (his future). I cant replay. If I want to manage again, I will. Right now I dont. Photo: Mexsport