‘Guardiola messaged me, I said no’

Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu says that Pep Guardiola tried to convince him to join Bayern Munich this summer.

The Frenchman impressed last season for Los Che, both at left-back and after a conversion midseason to centre-back.

Mathieu was heavily linked with Barcelona this summer, but eventually agreed a contract extension to stay at Mestalla until June 2017.

Today the 29-year-old has revealed that the Blaugrana were not the only ones pushing for his signature.

“Guardiola sent me a message, I said no, I’m staying in Valencia,” explained Mathieu to reporters today.

“Because whilst Bayern are very good, I am thinking about the World Cup and at Valencia I have more opportunities to play.”

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