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Pep Guardiola set for FC Barcelona return?

  • Former Barca president keen on luring Guardiola back to Camp Nou
  • Man City chief was in charge of Spanish giants from 2008-2012
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(L to R) Joan Laporta and Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou on January 20, 2010 (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta wants to stand in next year's elections and has claimed that, should he be successful, he would try and bring Pep Guardiola back to the club.

Laporta was Barca's president from 2003-2010 and oversaw a hugely successful 2008/09 season in which Barcelona won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League with Guardiola in charge of the team.

The Manchester City manager won a total of 14 major trophies during his time in the Camp Nou dugout, and had a one-year hiatus from management before taking charge of Bayern Munich in 2013.

After winning three successive Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals with Bayern, the 49-year-old left for Manchester City in 2016 and has impressed at the Etihad Stadium.

City won  an unprecedented domestic treble last season but are currently second in the Premier League, 25 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

And Laporta, who is aiming to run for Barcelona club presidency next season having lost out to Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2015, claims he would aim to lure Guardiola back to Camp Nou for a second spell as head coach.

Speaking to TV3, he said: "I’m working toward standing. I have been president and I am very excited about the possibility of being president again. I am working with people I trust, businessmen and other people of prestige."

Laporta, who also mentioned Xavi as a possible future Barca head coach, said of former midfielder Guardiola: "What I would like most would be the return of Guardiola but he is at City at the moment and that is a decision he has to make."
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