‘I want him to come BACK’: The man who appointed Pep Guardiola as Barcelona manager in 2008 eyes sensational reunion as Joan Laporta launches his bid to be elected president again… with his contract at Manchester City to expire next year
- Pep Guardiola is wanted back at Barcelona by one of the presidential candidates
- Joan Laporta has revealed ‘many Catalans’ want to see Guardiola make a return
- He enjoyed rich success at the Nou Camp but is currently at Manchester City
- Guardiola has not publicly revealed his future plans with his deal up in 2021
Joan Laporta wants to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona next summer if he becomes president.
Laporta, who was at the helm when Barcelona appointed Guardiola in 2008, announced his candidacy for election on Monday night.
Guardiola’s contract at Manchester City runs until 2021 and the Catalan has yet given no public indication of his future plans.
Barcelona chief Joan Laporta has outlined his desire to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club
Laporta is running in the club’s presidential election and spoke of his desire appoint Guardiola
Laporta hopes to replace outgoing president Josep Bartomeu at the Nou Camp and then lure Guardiola back.
‘I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take,’ the 57-year-old said.
‘He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again.’
The news will be of significant interest to City, who realise Guardiola’s trophy-laden reign at the Etihad Stadium will not last forever and are tentatively looking at potential successors.
Guardiola had huge success during his time as Barcelona manager and many want him back
Laporta also cast doubt over Xavi’s suitability to take over at Barcelona so soon after retirement.
The ex-midfielder has been earmarked as a future boss and is thought to want City forward Raheem Sterling in his armoury should he be handed the opportunity to manage his boyhood club.
‘At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barca coach from 2021,’ Laporta added.
‘Xavi is already a coach, he lives football and it is he who must decide what his moment is.
‘In 2021 there will still be players who were Xavi’s team-mates, and he must think if he is prepared to lead former team-mates, which is not an easy thing.’
Laporta is running against current president Josep Maria Bartomeu to run the Catalan club
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