Barca have claimed that Jose Mourinho approached the club about filling the previously vacant managerial role.
Spanish giants claim Portuguese instigated talks over role
Barcelona have claimed that Jose Mourinho approached the club about filling the previously vacant managerial role.
Barca have stated that Mourinho, who has since been appointed as boss of Internazionale, instigated a meeting over him taking the reins at Camp Nou.
Mourinho was reportedly keen to return to the club he worked with as a translator during Sir Bobby Robson's time in charge.
However, Barcelona have explained that new manager Pep Guardiola was their first choice to take over from Frank Rijkaard.
It is also claimed that a number of the board were against appointing Mourinho following the friction between Barca and the Portuguese's former club Chelsea during their UEFA Champions League clashes.
Sporting vice-president Marc Ingla told Catalunya Radio: "We always worked on the hypothesis of promoting Pep, but we know that the job of coach at Barcelona is one of the most sought-after and Mourinho was interested in explaining his plan for the club and we listened."