I'm glad Guarin rejected me at Galatasaray – Mancini

The Italian was in charge of the Turkish club last season and made a failed bid to sign the midfielder, only to team up with him at San Siro

Roberto Mancini has revealed Fredy Guarin rejected a move to Galatasaray while he was in charge of the club last season – a snub he is delighted with now the midfielder is shining for him at Inter.

Guarin’s stunning late strike at San Siro on Thursday ensured Inter beat 10-man Celtic 1-0 in the Europa League to progress to the round of 16.

The Colombia international has now scored four goals in his last five games, but he could easily have been plying his trade in Turkey had Mancini got his way during his short reign at Galatasaray.

“I called him because I knew that he was a good player and I thought he could be very useful for us,” the Inter coach told reporters.

“He wanted to stay at Inter and I’m happy about that now – he is playing very well here.”

Guarin won the Europa League with Porto four years ago, but the 28-year-old will now put thoughts of European success to one side as Inter attempt to secure a fourth successive Serie A win at Fiorentina on Sunday.

“We have to take it one game at a time, starting with our next outing in the league, which is very important,” he said. “Things are changing at Inter and, most of all, the results are changing too.”

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