Alexis Sanchez has revealed what Jose Mourinho said to him which made him snub Manchester City and instead choose to join their Manchester rivals.
The Chilean forward caused huge controversy when he chose to leave Arsenal and join Manchester United back in the 2018 January window.
At the time, it seemed like the best piece of business in Premier League history but it turned out to be anything but his ‘dream move’ quickly turning into a nightmare.
Sanchez failed to get close to the form he showed at Arsenal and struggled hard at Old Trafford, eventually being forced out of the club.
But it could have been so different as Sanchez almost joined Manchester City but has now revealed the Mourinho convinced him otherwise during a phone call.
“I was about to go to City. I spoke to Guardiola every day, he told me happy birthday.” Sanchez said.
“He was like my dad. He was my dad at Barcelona and he was like my dad at City.
“We talked, we talked every day, he sent me messages.
“And everything was ready, there was a player who was going to go to Arsenal.
“Then [Arsene] Wenger tells me you are not leaving because the other player did not want to come and they do not have another.
“Suddenly the cell phone rings. Mourinho tells me: ‘Alexis, here is the seven [shirt] available for you.'”