Franck Ribery has revealed he considered leaving Bayern Munich after his relationship with then-manager Louis van Gaal broke down.
Van Gaal was in charge of Bayern between 2009 and 2011, winning the German league and Cup and reaching the Champions League final.
However, it appears that not everyone at the club was happy despite the Dutchman’s successful tenure.
Ribery admitted he did not get on with van Gaal and revealed he came close to leaving Bayern amid interest from a number of top European clubs.
Speaking about his relationship with van Gaal, Ribery said: ”We had problems on a human basis. When he started, nobody knew what was going to happen.
“His idea was that he did not care about names at all, you don’t need stars, everybody had to prove themselves again.
“The first contact with him was already poisoned. As a professional you lose your trust. He does great things on the pitch but the coach Van Gaal was a bad man. Our relationship was crushed.
“It was a burden. Many clubs tried to persuade me to change, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester City. You start to think. I made up my mind about where my future should lie. I think that this is human.”
History could potentially be repeating itself at United for van Gaal. The 63-year-old reportedly fell out with Angel di Maria following the victory over Liverpool last month while Radamel Falcao has been left on the substitute’s bench for large periods of the campaign.
Van Gaal’s policy is a tough one to take for some of his players but fans will not be complaining as long as the team is getting results.