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Joan Laporta wants Pep Guardiola to return as Barcelona manager

The 45-year-old plans to run again for presidency

(L to R) Barcelona’s president Joan Lapo Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

Joan Laporta says he wants to become Barcelona president again and would love to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Camp Nou as manager.

The 57-year-old, who spent seven years at the helm of the club, spoke about his intention to run in the next presidential elections and who he’d like in the dugout.

“I’m working to present my presidential candidacy. I’m excited to continue working for the future of Barça. Barça’s problem is economical and image. The image of the club will have to be changed.”

“I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at (Manchester) City and it is a decision that Pep should take.

“He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barça again. At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barça coach from 2021.”

Source | Cadena Cope

Laporta also spoke about the possibility of Xavi returning to the club as manager at some point.

The former president said that “sooner or later he will end up training Barça” but also noted that “he must think if he is prepared to lead former teammates, which is not an easy thing.”

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