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Pep Guardiola turned down a move to Manchester City as a 34-year-old midfielder.

Pep Guardiola rejected a move to Manchester City as a player

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He may have gatecrashed Monday's transfer deadline day by agreeing on a move to Manchester City, however, things were very different for Pep Guardiola more than ten years ago.

Back in the summer of 2005, prior to Sheik Mansour's takeover, City manager Stuart Pearce attempted to bring a 34-year-old Guardiola to Manchester on a short term basis.

Guardiola will begin a three-year contract as manager this summer, as a replacement for Manuel Pellegrini, however, had Pearce offered more than a six-month contract at the time, things could have turned out very differently.

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Speaking in August 2005 Pearce said: "I wanted to take a longer look at him (Guardiola) and that's why we offered him a six-month deal. 

"He's a fantastic professional who showed a great amount of ability. I fully understand why the player has decided to look for a longer deal elsewhere and he leaves with our best wishes."

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Having left Al-Ahli in Dubai, Guardiola was seeking a longer contract than the offered six months to see out his playing career.

The former central midfielder has since gone on to become one of the most successful managers of the modern era, enjoying trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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City would finish the 2005/6 season in 15th with a squad that included David James, Danny Mills and Andy Cole.

Pearce, meanwhile, was sacked in May 2007, a year prior to the takeover that would forever change the landscape of English football. 

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