Pep: I wanted Dinho stay

Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wanted Ronaldinho to stay at Barcelona, contrary to claims the Coach forced the Brazilian out.

Guardiola is said to have cast off several Barca players upon his arrival in 2008, among them Ronaldinho, who left for Milan shortly after but returned on Thursday in an ambassadorial role.

Yet, speaking at a Press conference for Manchester City’s game against Swansea on Sunday, Guardiola clarified: “He was a spectacular player.

“When we met for the first time, we discussed the possibility of him staying, but he decided that his cycle had come to an end.”

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