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The former German international midfielder Michael Ballack has revealed that the former Barcelona manager Guardiola did not choose Chelsea as his next managerial job because he did not trust the owner Roman Abramovich. Guardiola has become one of the coveted managers in world football after managing to win 14 trophies with Barcelona in a four-year stint. He had been quoted by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Paris St Germain. Of these clubs, Chelsea were the most interested due to the desire of the owner Roman Abramovich to play beautiful and attractive football.
However, Chelsea lost out to the German giants Bayern Munich after the 42-year-old accepted an offer from the German club to take over at the start of next season. Chelsea have changed six managers in the last five years, which was one of the reasons for their inability to attract Guardiola according to their former player Michael Ballack. Ballack has represented both Bayern Munich and Chelsea. He feels that Guardiola was attracted towards the stability at Bayern Munich rather than the riches on offer at Chelsea. Abramovich is known to change managers without the hint of hesitation when results go badly. Guardiola has signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich starting from next season.
“If you want to work as a coach for longer term you need consistency, trust in the club and also the environment around the club. Maybe that is a point why he didn’t sign [with Chelsea]. But it is also a big challenge as a coach. It’s a fantastic signing for Bayern and for Pep Guardiola as well. Nobody in Germany expected him to sign. It shows the Bundesliga has grown a lot in the last few years and his decision looks like it’s not all about money,” said Michael Ballack.