Real Madrid wanted Pep Guardiola to replace Rafa Benítez
Catalan journalist and Guardiola biographer Martí Perarnau has revealed that Real Madrid were keen on appointing Pep as their new manager ahead of Zinedine Zidane in the run up to Rafa Benítez’s sacking earlier this year.
Perarnau, who wrote Pep Confidential after being provided with total access to Bayern Munich during Guardiola’s first season at the club, says that the club made contact with his agent to sound out him out but that negotiations never got off the ground.
Pep rejected the club's advances
“Real Madrid contacted Josep María Orobitg, Pep’s agent, to try and strike a deal,” Perarnau told national radio station Cadena SER in a programme broadcast locally in Catalonia. “But from the start Pep dismissed it. I was there.”
Guardiola rejected the approach having already more or less decided that he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, with touted interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and current club Manchester City.
Whether or not Real Madrid ever truly believed that Pep would be interested in taking over at the Santiago Bernabéu is up for debate, but don’t forget that club president Florentino Pérez has managed to pull off the seemingly impossible before by signing Luis Figo, an icon at the Camp Nou, for a world record fee back in 2000.
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