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River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is always linked to various management positions in Europe, but there is a moment when he said no to FC Barcelona.
Then The millionaires defeated Boca Juniors in the 2018 Copa Libertadores final at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, many clubs in Europe noticed Gallardo, if they hadn’t already.
In 2020, Barça was looking for his replacement for Ernesto Valverde. In the end, the Spanish club decided to go to Quique Setién, but TyC Sports He reports that Barça had approached Gallardo during his search.
The Argentine strategist was one of the few names that the Spanish team was looking for to assume its role as coach. However, when Barça decided to pull the trigger and fire Valverde, it was too late to continue talks with Gallardo.
Gallardo had already started his 2020 preseason with River Plate and was not willing to leave the club in a bad position. As a result, the 45-year-old turned down the possibility of managing Barça.