Victor Font, a candidate to become President of Barcelona, has expressed his desire for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to return to the club.
The former Barca boss signed a new two-year contract at City and stated that his time at his old club was finished. But that doesn’t seem to have dissuaded Font, who believes that by creating the right conditions at the club, Guardiola will want to return.
Guardiola led Barca to three La Liga titles and two Champions League victories in his four years in charge at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2012 and has been in charge at City since 2016. During his time in Manchester, Guardiola has led the blues to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup victory and three consecutive League Cup titles, including the first ever domestic treble in 2019.
“The project that we’ve been working on is one that will try to create, if we are honoured to be chosen, the right conditions for this top talent, that is very much linked to Barca, to return to their club at some point in time,” said Font.
“And we know, that at some point, Pep will want to return, even if it’s for personal reasons. Hopefully sooner rather than later we will be able to create those conditions and be able to count on Pep’s talent for the good of the club.”
Key to Font’s plans will be convincing Lionel Messi to stay with the club. Messi was heavily linked to City when he handed in a transfer request during the summer, and the Argentine star will be free to negotiate terms with other clubs from 1st January and will be a free agent next summer.
“What Messi needs in order to stay at the club is a competitive project. He wants to win - obviously the lack of a project in recent times has affected the way we compete and therefore I’m very much hoping that whenever the new president takes over, hopefully it will be us, we can convince him to stay.
“We need to ensure he understands there is a project, a winning - a competitive project. For us, the association between Barca and Messi is a very strategic association. He’s been at the club since he was 13 and we believe that this association needs to go even beyond the days that he’s on the pitch (post retirement).
“We believe that this association has a lot of potential for the years to come and we are hopeful that if we present this to him and his team he will see this as a good opportunity.”
What do you think? Will Pep eventually return to his boyhood club when his time at City is done?