Can reveals what Guardiola told him before selling him

Emre Can does not blame Pep Guardiola for letting him go when he was Bayern Munich manager.

Can and Guardiola worked together briefly in the summer of 2013, when the latter was appointed as the successor to Jupp Heynckes.

Midfielder Can had played seven times the previous season, but was informed by Guardiola that he was unlikely to play considerable amounts of first-team football.

The 24-year-old departed for Bayer Leverkusen as a result, spending just one season at the BayArena before joining Liverpool.

Asked by German newspaper Sport1 whether he still has any regrets over leaving Guardiola and Bayern, Can replied: “No, definitely not.

“Today you can see that it was the right decision. At that time it was like this: Pep Guardiola has come, and I have played a good preparation under him. Then we had a very, very honest conversation.

“I was very young and it was important for me to play a lot. He told me honestly: ‘I cannot guarantee you now that you will play every week.’

“Then I saw the opportunity in Leverkusen. They also played in the Champions League. For many it was a step backwards. But for me it was a step forward because I always played in Leverkusen. Today you can see that it has paid off.”

“I would not say that (Bayern made a mistake). Whether they have made a mistake, they have to decide for themselves.”