Pep Guardiola’s desire to one-day manage Manchester United was a misunderstanding – according to the man whose book first revealed his so-called wish to take over at Old Trafford. Guardiola rejected the chance to move to Manchester United in 2013 and never was interested in moving to City’s rivals.
Sitting with personal assistant Manuel Estiarte in 2011, he said: “I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.”
It sparked fevered speculation that Old Trafford would be Guardiola’s next destination after Bayern.
“I think it was a misunderstanding,” said Perarnau, whose latest book ‘Pep Guardiola: La Metamorfosis’ is published in English next month. “He was at Old Trafford in the semi finals of 2011 and it was a beautiful atmosphere.
“But it was the same at Juventus, it was the same at Borussia Dortmund. He likes very much the great stadiums, the big atmosphere, the big matches of the Champions League.
“But it is not a special thing. It was about the history and the atmosphere.”
“He doesn’t hate Manchester United, but if he goes (to watch) Milan, Paris St Germain or someone like this, perhaps he would also say it’s beautiful.”
Perarnau believes there was no contest when Guardiola opted to leave Bayern at the end of last season.
“I thought it was City from the first day,” he said. “Because Txiki (Begiristain) and Ferran (Soriano) are here. They are close friends.
“After a club with a strong identity of play like Barcelona and after a club with a strong identity as a club with history like Bayern – he likes to coach a club without a strong identity of play and without a big story in Europe.
“I think Manchester City is the most important challenge for Pep.”