Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has revealed how he almost quit Camp Nou at the end of last season, but was convinced by the Catalan club's former manager Tito Vilanova to stay, reports Goal.com.
The 24-year-old endured a difficult campaign in La Liga in 2012/13, which prompted a raft of speculation linking the former Udinese star with a move away from Spain during the summer transfer window.
However, Sanchez was reassured that he remained an important part of Barca's first-team plans, and should think carefully before pushing for a transfer.
"Tito has played a big role in my career," Alexis told Sport. "I had a difficult year, but he always supported me and told me not to leave.
"He insisted that I should stay at Barcelona and ignore everything that was being said about me in the press."
Just as well for Vilanova's replacement, Gerardo Martino, who has inherited an in-form Chile international, who has made a significant impact for Barcelona this season, with four goals in six La Liga appearances.
The South American star has also contributed three assists, to help Barca to the top of the table with eight wins from eight games so far this season.