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Ferdinand: History, ambition led Guardiola to Bayern

By Football News



Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand (L) vies with Wigan Athletic's Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo (R) during the English Premier League football match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England on January 1, 2013
Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand (L) vies with Wigan Athletic's Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo (R) during the English Premier League football match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England on January 1, 2013

Rio Ferdinand has hinted a short-term approach and lack of history saw Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City miss out on Pep Guardiola.

The former Barcelona coach, who helped the club to 16 trophies during a hugely successful four-year stint at the Catalan club, had kept everyone guessing over where his next move was going to be after a year-long sabbatical in New York.

His long-awaited comeback was revealed yesterday, with Bayern Munich clinching his signature despite heavy interest from England.

The 42-year-old is set to sign a three-year deal until 2016, replacing the retiring Jupp Heynckes in the process, a move that Ferdinand was supportive of.

"The news yesterday of Pep going to Bayern Munich was a shock...until you step back and think why...stability, organised, competitive in CL," Ferdinand wrote on Twitter.

"Money to invest, history+time I'm assuming to put his stamp on the club...he obviously wasn't guaranteed all that at other clubs linked to!"

The Spaniard's decision will come as a bitter blow to Chelsea in particular, having sacked Roberto Di Matteo back in November and replacing him with interim coach Rafa Benitez in an attempt to lure Guardiola to Stamford Bridge.