Guardiola declares "it's over" as he rules out ever returning as Barcelona boss

Pep Guardiola insisted his time at Barcelona is “over” in response to suggestions linking him with a return to the club.

The Man City boss spent four trophy-laden years in the dugout at the Nou Camp from 2008-12, having had a successful career there as a player too.

Barcelona are currently undergoing a huge transition following the resignation of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the entire board.

One of the candidates to become replace Bartomeu, Victor Font, revealed his hopes to bring Guardiola back to the club if he is successful in the upcoming presidential election.

But Guardiola has poured cold water on the idea by stating quite clearly after City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday that he will not be returning.

Pep Guardiola has ruled out a return to Barcelona
Pep Guardiola has ruled out a return to Barcelona

“I said many times: my period as a manager in Barcelona is over,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“I think in life there is once, in a lifetime you have to do the things… There are incredible people who can be in charge.

“Now for example, Ronald Koeman is an excellent manager. It’s over.

“I will come back to my seats to see my club to watch the game. But it’s done.

“I am here, incredibly happy, and still have the desire to do well. This is the most important thing.

“Now there will be elections in Barcelona, hopefully they can choose the right person to the right board, to maintain this incredible club at the highest level.”

His comments will come as a blow to Font, whose vision is to restore the club to its former glory of the Guardiola era.

Speaking to Sky Sports news last week, Font said: “Most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club, like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol.

“They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barça today – we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.”

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Kyle Walker scored the winner as City beat Sheffield United on Saturday
Kyle Walker scored the winner as City beat Sheffield United on Saturday

Before ruling out a return completely, Guardiola had earlier rebuffed any speculation linking him with the role on Friday, stating: “I am incredibly happy here.

“I’m delighted to be in Manchester and I hope I can do a good job this season to stay longer.”

Meanwhile Barcelona’s troubles continue as reports in Spain suggest the club need to cut their wage bill by £170million in order to avoid bankruptcy.


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