Juventus winger, Douglas Costa has come out to say that ex-manager, Pep Guardiola asked him if he was prepared to learn how to play football when they spoke on the phone ahead of his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015.
Douglas revealed that the current City boss told him that he had a plan for his career and he immediately accepted.
According to him, his time at Bayern was sad but Pep made the biggest difference in his growth.
He added that the Bayern team was one of the strongest he has ever played in.
His words, “Guardiola was the person who made the biggest difference in my growth,”
“He called me and said: ‘We have a plan for your career, are you coming to join us? Are you ready to learn how to play football?’. I replied: ‘Yes, I’m ready’.
“It was a very sad period for me at Bayern, though. I thought we would win the UCL,”
“Each of us played really well. That team was one of the strongest and most technical I’ve ever played in.
“Of course, we also have an extraordinary group at Juve, but in that team every one of us was at the top of our game.”
“The club’s ambition is to win the Champions League, which is why I came to Turin to live this crazy adventure of trying to win it,” he said. “We are trying – only raising that cup will give us the feeling of reaching our goal.
“I’m so focused on learning from Cristiano, we have one of the strongest players in the world in our team. And if I’m 100 per cent and [Paulo] Dybala is 100%, we can aim for a very high level.
“At the moment, I wouldn’t leave Juventus for another team. You feel welcome and free, so I feel very well.”
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