FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed that former Catalan boss Pep Guardiola prevented him from joining Bayern Munich.
Xavi, who now plays for Qatari club Al Sadd, recalled when Bayern were interested in him before the Euro 2008 tournament, but crunch talks with Guardiola stopped him from leaving the Camp Nou.
"After Euro 2008, I got the feeling that Barcelona were ready to sell me," the 35-year-old told Marca.
"Real Madrid were winning things and we didn'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."
Xavi stayed at Barcelona and won 25 trophies, including two trebles, with the club before leaving to join Al Sadd at the start of this season.
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