Barcelona admits Mourinho and Fabregas talks

Ingla left the Catalan club in July.

“In November 2007 we saw with [Barcelona sporting director] Txiki [Begiristain] that the team needed a change in the dug-out and losing against Real Madrid accelerated changes,” Ingla told Catalan radio programme ‘Els millors anys de la nostra vida.’

“We met with Mourinho, he is phenomenal and would have been a great trainer for Barca, but the option of Guardiola was always the one we worked on most strongly.

“We went to sign Cesc, but Wenger wanted to make him a leader in his project and it was impossible. We never offered Xavi in exchange.”