Ilkay Gundogan has revealed he turned down the chance to play for Liverpool and Barcelona, to move to Manchester City in 2016.
The German international joined City in a £21million move from Borussia Dortmund almost two years ago, though he has spent much time on the sidelines than he spend playing on the pitch for City.
However, the skilled German midfielder is getting back to his best form and with Fernandinho sidelined with hamstring injury, Gundogan is expected to be anchoring the midfield between now and the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has confessed that he turned down Liverpool and Barcelona to play for Pep Guardiola, who he described as the best manager in the world, at the Etihad Stadium.
“I was very close to joining Barcelona, but in the end it didn’t work out,” Gundogan is quoted as saying by Sport Arena Plus via the Sun.
“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.”
Gundogan is expected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday when Manchester City host Chelsea.