The creative midfielder was to back to the team where he spent most of his youth and triumphed with six titles during his spell there, yet he never got along with his coach.
The shot-stopper was sent back to England and signed a deal with West Ham, unfortunately struggling in the relegation zone with their last Premier League victory back in September.
For the third time in seven days Manchester City entered the final 10 minutes of their game against West Ham with the score level at 1-1.
Manchester United have also been in good form in recent weeks, with the Red Devils having beaten Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.
United sealed progression to the competition's last 16 for the first time in four seasons after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford cancelled out Alan Dzagoev's opener.
Perhaps seeing how an ultra-defensive Huddersfield frustrated City, Southampton lined up with five defenders and three defensive midfielders and the tactics worked in the first half.
And the City chief now hopes his side will recover quickly ahead this weekend's huge Premier League derby against Manchester United. Super pass over the top from Marlos plays Ismaily in, out comes Ederson, but he does nothing, leaving Ismaily the simple task of nicking the ball around him before slotting into the empty net for his first Champions League goal. But that's what Pep Guardiola and co. have been doing, and no one across Europe has been able to put a stop to their incredible run. We are in a good moment.
"We came here to win but we could not".
'We know Napoli will do their best to get the necessary result at Feyenoord'. United will be pursuing them and if they win the derby on Sunday it will really be game on.
The midfielder was torn from warming the bench and whenever he tried to reach Guardiola he did not get a clear answer. If they are ever going to rest players it is this week, and having qualified as group winners with a game to spare that is their prerogative.
He was young and brimming with hope as he moved from Monaco to Barcelona in 2007.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, revealed after his sides 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday that Eden Hazard is enjoying the extra freedom that his new central role allows him.
With Hazard now entering what would usually be considered the prime of his career it is truly frightening how good he could become if he pushes himself.
This time there was to be no late show from City.