Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona ‘sooner somewhat than later’, insists presidency candidate Victor Font.
That’s regardless of the Manchester Metropolis boss reiterating on Saturday that his profession as a supervisor on the Catalan membership ‘is over’
Hypothesis over the Spaniard’s future on the Etihad Stadium has been mounting, together with his contract on the Premier League facet set to expire on the finish of the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
Font, the frontrunner to be the subsequent Barcelona president, has expressed his ambition to convey Guardiola again to Camp Nou as he has vowed to do all he can to make sure celebrity Lionel Messi stays.
Guardiola received two Champions League titles as Barcelona supervisor between 2008 and 2012, and he has been unable to flee hyperlinks with a shocking return the membership eve since his departure.
However the Metropolis boss shut the hypothesis down this weekend by insisting he plans to remain at Metropolis past this season, if he’s needed, and added that his time as Barcelona supervisor is ‘over’.
“I’ve stated many occasions my interval as Barcelona supervisor is over,” he advised BT Sport after Metropolis’s 1-Zero win over Sheffield United.
“I believe in a lifetime you do issues as soon as. They’re unimaginable individuals who could be in cost, now for instance Ronald Koeman is a superb supervisor.
“So, it’s over. I might come again, however to my seat to see my membership and watch a sport.
“That’s completed and I’m right here, I’m extremely glad right here at Manchester Metropolis and have a want to do nicely, that is a very powerful factor.
“Now will probably be elections in Barcelona and hopefully they’ll select the correct particular person and the correct board to take care of the unimaginable membership Barcelona is on the highest degree.”
Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem to have put Font off his plans, and in response to Guardiola’s feedback prompt the previous Barca boss and participant will return in a unique position.
“He has defined this many, many occasions,” he wrote in Spanish on Twitter.
“His position on the Membership of His Coronary heart have to be one other. He loves Barça and having his expertise is a precedence.
“I’ve little doubt that sooner somewhat than later we are going to make it doable.”
In English, Font admitted Barcelona need to ‘respect Guardiola’s will’, however stated he might be set for a unique place on the Nou Camp as a substitute.
“He has stated this many, many occasions,” he stated.
“Time to respect his will. However he’ll come again to his beloved membership to assist in different roles/capacities.”