Manchester City boss Guardiola rejected an offer from Laporta to return to Barcelona
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola turned down an offer from Joan Laporta to take over as Barcelona manager, according to Esport3.
The Catalan figure has been linked with a move back to Camp Nou since he left in 2012.
In an interview back in October 2020, the 50-year-old claimed that his ‘period’ as manager of the club was ‘over’.
Guardiola enjoyed a hugely successful time with the La Liga giants, winning 14 major honours. His 2008-2012 Barcelona team is one of the best football has ever seen.
He met with the Spanish club’s new president Joan Laporta in early June at a golf tournament in Mallorca.
It’s thought the newly-elected figure asked the coach to return for the 2022/2023 season, however, was rejected.
Marcelo Bielsa once labelled Guardiola ‘magical’.
Rejection of Laporta and Barcelona boost for Manchester City in bid to keep Guardiola
No matter how many times reports emerge claiming Guardiola has rejected Barcelona, links always re-emerge.
His time with the club back in the late 2000s/early 2010s created a strong bond between the two parties.
Both parties enjoyed a staggering level of success of which club football has never seen.
However, it feels like the most recent rejection could be the nail in the coffin.
The most recent turn down of Laporta and a return to Barcelona from Guardiola has handed Manchester City a major boost.
Champions League victory has become an obsession for the Citizens over the last few years. Victory seems so close after they reached the final last season.
Nonetheless, retaining Guardiola proves the northwest giants’ best chance of lifting the elusive trophy.
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