Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he had offers to join Liverpool and Barcelona.
But the Germany international wanted to play for Spanish manager Pep Guardiola and so completed an exit from Borussia Dortmund, where he worked under Jurgen Klopp, to become part of his City squad.
“I was very close to joining Barcelona, but in the end it didn’t work out.” he told Sport Arena Plus.
“I am where I want to be and I am very happy.
“Klopp wanted me, but I decided to go with Guardiola, because his philosophy is closer to my style of play.
“Klopp is like a father to me. Guardiola is a genius, a master. He is the best manager in the world.” he finished.
Gundogan has had some injury problems since arriving at The Etihad back in the Summer of 2016, but now appears to be over the worst of them and is playing regularly for the Premier League leaders.