Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has admitted he regrets not signing for Manchester United.
Petit regrets leaving Arsenal for Barcelona in 2000 and also claims he may have made an error by not swapping the Nou camp for Old Trafford.
“I arrived at a very bad time. There was a war in the dressing room between Dutch and Catalan players,” Petit said on the BBC website.
“And on top of it we had a manager who didn’t have enough strength and charisma to manage the team.
“Politics and nationalism was too much for me in the dressing room. I was so happy to join Barcelona but I just wanted to concentrate on football. Everyday I was dealing with things I wasn’t supposed to do. As soon as I arrived, people said ‘don’t try to learn Castilian [Spanish], you have to speak Catalan’
“I said ‘I’m in Spain, no?’ And they said ‘no, you’re in Catalonia’. I’m fed up with that kind of thing. I understand their identity but when it’s too much, it’s very close to racism.. We’re talking about football – not religion or politics. I wanted to leave. I thought I made a big mistake.”