Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez says he almost signed for Bayern Munich, but Pep Guardiola prevented the move from happening.
Xavi while speaking to Spanish Sports daily, Marca said
“After Euro 2008, I got the feeling that Barcelona were ready to sell me,”
“Real Madrid were winning things and we weren’t and I went to the national team knowing that the club would be open to selling me if a good offer came in.
“I spoke with my agent, Ivan Corretja, and he told me there was an offer from Bayern. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wanted me.
“But then Pep Guardiola became the new coach at Barcelona and I played a great Euro 2008. Pep told me that I was not going anywhere and explained how he could not imagine a Barcelona without me. I was captivated by what he said.”