Mesut Ozil has revealed how Pep Guardiola’s behaviour swayed him to join Real Madrid over Barcelona in 2010.
In his autobiography Magic of the Game, which is being serialised inBild, the Arsenal midfielder writes: “Before I personally wanted to go to Barcelona. I was convinced to go there. No team in the world played more beautiful football at this time.
“But the absence of Pep Guardiola made me suspicious. When my consultant and I flew back from Barcelona, I asked him again and again. “Why was the coach not there?” His answer was always the same: ‘He was on vacation.’
“Guardiola did not call me in the following days either. He did not even send an SMS. He did not send me a signal that he wanted me to. After that my enthusiasm for Barcelona steadily declined.
“Because of Guardiola’s behaviour, I did not want to go to Barcelona.”