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Rooney admits he wanted to join Barça: “Imagine playing with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets”

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team was something else. Not only did the Catalans have the best players in the world but they also played the most thrilling and the most beautiful football on the planet. That statement may or may not hold true to this very day but the fact is, their opponents were more often than not – outclassed.

The same thing happened to Manchester United, twice to be more precise. And twice Wayne Rooney was on the receiving end of a lesson in football. However, back in 2010, he was extremely close to leaving Old Trafford and heading to Spain of all places.

He handed in a transfer request and for the following couple of days or so, the Englishman was one of the most wanted men on the planet. Talking on the UTD Podcast, Rooney explained he wanted to join Barcelona.

“In my head, at the time (2010), I was ready to go and play in Spain. Ideally, I would have liked to have gone to Barcelona. Imagine playing in that team with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.”

And according to him, fitting in wouldn’t have been a problem. After all, Lionel Messi was a wide player at the time so there would certainly be a place for a player like Rooney in Guardiola’s team.

“At that time Messi wasn’t playing as a number 9, he was playing out wide. So, I think I would’ve slotted in perfectly. I could have come to the ball as well and have players running in behind.”

There’s no denying his class and skill on the pitch and a prime Rooney could’ve been a real asset to any team in the world back in the day.

Can you imagine him at his best, playing for one of the best teams to ever set foot on the green pitch?

It would’ve been quite something, to say the least.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

Udhav Arora

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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