Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hopes to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club as he prepares to run in the club’s presidential elections next year.
Laporta was previously in charge at the Camp Nou from 2003-10, a period where Barca began their rise towards the Guardiola-led dynasty.
It was during Guardiola’s tenure as manager from 2008-12 that Barcelona arguably put together its most dominant team, claiming La Liga three times and the Champions League twice as part of a total haul of 14 major trophies.
Guardiola has gone on to bring his success elsewhere as well, leading Bayern Munich to three consecutive Bundesliga titles and Manchester City to two record-breaking Premier League triumphs.
It was Laporta who had initially hired Guardiola, famously ahead of Jose Mourinho, during his time as president.
And now, as he prepares to attempt to reclaim the role, the presidential candidate says it is his goal to bring Guardiola back.
“I’m working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate,” Laporta told TV3. “I’ve been president before and I’m excited to be back. The situation in 2021 will be dramatic and we’ll have to reverse it. I’m working with people I trust.
“I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again.
“At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barca coach from 2021.”