Juventus winger Douglas Costa has hailed Pep Guardiola for helping him develop as a player during their time together at Bayern Munich – although he has revealed that the latter lured him to the German giants via his unconventional questioning.
Costa joined Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk in July 2015 before leaving for Juventus initially on loan two years later.
During his spell in Germany, the Brazil international scored 14 goals in 77 appearances – winning the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his sole season under Guardiola.
And reflecting on his time under the now Manchester City boss Costa has revealed his unusual technique to entice him.
‘Guardiola was the person who made the biggest difference in my growth,’ Costa told DAZN. ‘He allowed me to play in the right role.
‘He called me and said: ‘We have a plan for your career, are you coming to join us? Are you ready to learn how to play football?’. I replied: ‘Yes, I’m ready’.
‘It was a very sad period for me at Bayern, though. I thought we would make it,’ he added, referring to lifting the Champions League trophy. ‘Each of us played really well. That team was one of the strongest and most technical I’ve ever played in.
‘Of course, we also have an extraordinary group at Juve, but in that team every one of us was at the top of our game.’