Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that he was tempted to move to Manchester United earlier in his career, according to the Evening Standard.
The Spanish World Cup winner is an intrinsic part of a Barca midfield that won the Champions League is stunning fashion against Manchester United.
And after tormenting United, the maestro says he was close to joining the club sometime ago.
"There was a long time when I genuinely thought about accepting United's offer and moving to Manchester," Xavi told the London Evening Standard.
"I needed a change of scenery and things were not going well for me at Barcelona. I have always felt a real attachment to English football and Manchester United would be my club in England.
"The truth was that for a long chunk of my career, when it looked like I was the successor to Pep Guardiola in midfield, I was made to feel like an outsider, a bad guy for taking over from the legendary captain.
"We are not good at handling change here. The new guy is sometimes looked at like the bad guy. What made the difference is that I'm as stubborn as a mule. I thought about going to United but I dug my heels in.
"I was obstinate and I said to myself 'I need to prove myself here'."