“They argued that we needed a manager who would get results quickly.
“We wanted to stay faithful to Cruyff’s philosophy.
“I asked [the directors] if Pep was ready and both Txiki Begiristain and Johan, who saw him regularly, said he was.
“Mourinho’s agent [Jorge Mendes] called me and asked, ‘Are you going to appoint Mourinho, because if you are interested we need to talk,’ and I said to him, ‘No, Jorge, we’ve chosen Pep Guardiola’.”
Laporta also revealed that Guardiola vowed to win it all at the Nou Camp.