Pep Guardiola reveals he almost joined Wigan as a player

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reflects on the time former Wigan manager Paul Jewell tried to sign him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he almost joined Wigan during his playing days, only to be deemed not good enough.

Now one of the most decorated managers in world football, Guardiola also enjoyed a fine career as a midfielder, playing over 250 times for Barcelona.

And it has been reported that, when he was a free agent in 2005, he discussed a switch to Wigan, who were Premier League new boys back then.

Guardiola will be at Wigan on Monday with City for an FA Cup fifth round tie, as his all-conquering team continue their bid to win a quadruple.

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And, asked ahead of the tie if a move to Wigan as a player had indeed once been in the offing, Guardiola said: “Years ago, yes.”

To much merriment, he added: “I was not good enough, that is the truth.

“I was old, really old!

“I knocked on the door, I tried to come here to play in English football, but I was not able.”