Guardiola wanted to get rid of Fabregas, Villa, Pique and Alves
BARCELONA, Spain ● Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola would still be in charge of the Catalan club if he was allowed to sell four big name players, according to one Fifa agent.
Francois Gallardo has claimed that Guardiola wanted to push Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Gerard Pique and Dani Alves out of the exit door at the Nou Camp.
The 41-year-old reportedly felt the foursome did not fit in at the club for a variety of reasons, however, the board feared a reaction from the fans if they were sold on.
Club president Sandro Rosell rejected the terms of Guardiola’s contract renewal, which were thought to include the sale of the first team members.
Gallardo was quoted as telling AS: ‘Guardiola announced his terms of renewal to Rosell. Among them was the sale of four players – Alves, Pique, Cesc and David Villa.
‘Pep did not seem committed to Fabregas, Gerard and Dani, while the reasons for Villa leaving were sporting. He was especially disappointed in Cesc as a person, as he had refused to shake his hand when he signed.’
Guardiola ended his tenure at the club in May, citing exhaustion and a need to recharge his batteries.
Despite being linked to a number of high profile jobs since he left the Catalan club, he remains out of a job.