By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Barcelona midfield legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed he convinced former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to keep legendary forward Samuel Eto’o at the Camp Nou for an additional year.
Pep replaced Frank Rijkaard at the Catalan club in the summer of 2008 and enlisted Eto’o, Deco and Ronaldinho amongst top players he wanted out of the Camp Nou.
Fortunately for both Eto’o and Pep there was in middle-man in Xavi who ensured Eto’o stayed longer.
“Thankfully you stayed because you were close to leaving,” Xavi reminded Eto’o.
“Well thankfully you asked [Pep] that I stay. Thanks for that,” Eto’o replied.
“We had to convince Pep that you had to stay because you were the goalscorer of the team,”The current Al Sadd coach stated.
Eto’o’s crucial goals helped Barcelona win an unprecedented treble in Pep Guardiola’s first season at the Camp Nou.
“In the end, common sense and coherence prevailed.
It was rumoured Pep wasn’t comfortable with the attitude of Eto’o and Ronaldinho in the dressing room.
“Look, when you hear some things about people, you have to face them up front,” Xavi stated.
“I could say very bad things about Samuel Eto’o but in the end [the important thing] is to know the person.
“And thankfully you stayed because we ended up winning everything.”
Many are those who believe that wonderful 2009 season shaped the successful managerial career Pep Guardiola and Samuel Eto’o have enjoyed in the beautiful game.
Eto’o finally ended his five-year stay at Barcelona after the 2009 season as he moved to Inter Milan to sweep another treble the next season.
Eto’o retired from football last year while Pep has gone on to manage Bayern Munich and Manchester City winning over 20 trophies in just over a decade.
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