Laudrup was approached by La Liga kings over 2008 role

FC Barcelona

Getafe's President has revealed that the Camp Nou club wanted the Swans man to replace Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

Getafe President Angel Torres has claimed that Barcelona spoke with Michael Laudrup about becoming Coach, before opting for Pep Guardiola.

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In searching for Frank Rijkaard’s replacement as the 2007-08 campaign drew to a close, the Camp Nou club had a conversation with their former attacker, who was then working on the bench at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

'Laudrup decided not to continue with us, because in the spring of 2008 he had spoken with [then Barcelona sporting director] Txiki Begiristain,' Torres has commented to Danish authors Jonas Nyrup and Niels Pedersen, who have put together a book on the current Swansea City manager’s career.

'When he was here, Barcelona initially wanted him to be the one to replace Rijkaard. The President [Joan Laporta] wanted that.

'Txiki then told me that he was one of the Coaches they were considering ahead of the next season.'

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