Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Barton's Memories of Guardiola's First Visit

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Barton's Memories of Guardiola's First Visit

Article excerpt

FORMER City midfielder Joey Barton has claimed some of his team- mates did not know who Pep Guardiola was when the Blues boss had a trial at the club as a player in 2005.

The former Barcelona captain eyed a return to Europe after a two- year spell with Al-Ahli in Dubai and hoped to secure a contract by impressing then City manager Stuart Pearce.

Aged 34, Guardiola was entering the final stage of his career and Pearce ultimately decided against signing the Catalan - who ended up joining Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa instead.

Barton never forgot those days training with Guardiola, though, and said he tried to absorb all he could from the Champions League winner when he was on trial.

"I was one of the few who spoke to him," he said. …

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