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Emre Can on leaving Pep Guardiola, developing under Jurgen Klopp and what the future holds

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Emre Can on leaving Pep Guardiola, developing under Jurgen Klopp and what the future holds

Emre Can has no regrets over leaving Pep Guardiola in 2013, as the Liverpool midfielder prepares to face him and Manchester City in the Champions League.

The midfielder’s Anfield future is shrouded in doubt with the stand-off on a new contract continuing.

The German will be free to leave the club on a Bosman this summer, with his representatives in talks with a number of top European clubs, Juventus included.

He has spent four seasons with the Reds – but that was only possible after he made the choice to leave Bayern in 2013 in search of first-team football.

After a season at Bayer Leverkusen, he moved to Liverpool in a £10million deal, but looks set to depart at the end of the season.

But in the more immediate future, Can and his current team-mates will be tasked with taking on City, and Guardiola, in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Speaking to German newspaper Sport1, the 24-year-old opened up on how he took the decision to leave Guardiola in Munich – and why he has no regrets since.

“No, definitely not,” he said.

“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.”Can has made 166 appearances since joining Liverpool in 2014 and has enjoyed life under Jurgen Klopp – but still harbours ambitions of becoming one of the best players in the world.

“I’ve developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him,” he added.

“I want to become a world-class player. Maybe once in the world selection. That would be great.”

 
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