Presidential candidate Joan Laporta of Barcelona has announced his intention to meet with former president Pep Guardiola of La Blaugrana in Camp Nou. Guardiola enjoyed a four-year trophy between 2008 and 2012 with the Catalan giants, as the Spaniard won three titles in La Liga and two in the Barca Champions League.
Laporta, who served as president of Barcelona from 2003 to 2010 and was in the helm when Guardiola was elevated from the youth team to senior team manager in 2008, declared his candidacy to succeed Josep Bartomeu, who is stepping out of the position next summer.
Manchester City’s 49-year-old contract is set to expire next summer, and if the Council imposes a two-year European ban, Guardiola may seek new pastures elsewhere.
Indeed, with Spain’s future still undetermined, Laporta has confirmed that he dreams of reuniting with the former head of Barca in Catalonia. “I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he’s at City and it’s a decision that Pep should take,” Laporta said in quotes attributed to the Daily Mail.
“He’s a model for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again.”
Guardiola, before leaving for Bayern Munich, won 179 of his 247 matches in charge of La Blaugrana.
Guardiola’s current contract is due to expire in June 2021 at Manchester City.
City’s two-year European ban on violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules – which they appealed for – left some questioning Guardiola’s future as manager, but the City boss remained challenging to stay in England until the end of next season at least.
After being appointed at Barcelona by Laporta and winning three league titles in a row and lifting the Champions League trophy in both 2009 and 2011, Guardiola enjoyed unrivaled success.