Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, has revealed that he snubbed a move to Barcelona in 2010, because
their manager at the time, Pep Guardiola, showed lack of interest.
The German playmaker became one of the hottest players in Europe after playing for his
country at the 2010 World Cup.
Barca were among the big European teams keen on Ozil, along with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The player himself was leaning towards a move to the Camp Nou, before eventually signing for
their rivals – Real Madrid.
“Arsenal were interested in signing me after the 2010 World Cup, as were Manchester United,
Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid,” an extract from Ozil’s new book ‘Die Magie des
Spiels’, published by Bild, reads.
“My agent sat down with Bayern to discuss a move. The club told him about their plans with
me and how they intended to use me. He had similar talks with the other clubs that wanted
“Before I travelled to Barcelona, I was convinced that was my next club. I was leaning toward
joining Barcelona. There was no team in the world that played more beautiful football.
“But Guardiola did not attend talks and he did not call me either the days after. He did not
even send me a text. He did not show me that he wanted to sign me as well. My interest in a
move to Barcelona quickly decreased.”