Pep Guardiola 'could return to Spain this summer' says former teammate Rivaldo


Brazil great Rivaldo feels his former Barcelona teammate Pep Guardiola could be tempted back to La Liga this summer after winning the Premier League again with Manchester City .

Guardiola’s side saw off the determined challenge of Liverpool to pip the Reds by a point and become the first side to successfully defend the English top-flight title since Manchester United in 2009.

And Rivaldo says that success could lead to Guardiola – who has again missed out on winning the Champions League with City – eventually looking to take his family back home to Spain.

“Manchester City have changed for the better since Pep Guardiola’s arrival and winning two consecutive titles in such a competitive league means he is now a key part of the club’s history,” Rivaldo told Betfair .

Guardiola became the first boss since Sir Alex Ferguson to win back-to-back Premier League titles

“It was difficult this season with Liverpool taking it to the wire, so the City players and staff must be congratulated for their achievements as nothing came easy for them.

“When I played with Pep, he used to say in the dressing room that he would become a manager in the future, but I never thought he could become this good and have such success at every club he worked at.

“Pep always showed ambition to become manager and I can only be happy about how things are working out for him, as he is one of the best managers in the world without a doubt.

“Furthermore, he has a special way of interacting with his players, showing the great human being that he is, and all the players seem to have a good impression of him.

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Rivaldo appeared alongside Guardiola for Barcelona

“Of course, when you perform well it’s normal that other top clubs become interested in your services.

“I believe Pep will have other opportunities and new projects to think about this summer and, despite his apparent satisfaction at the Etihad, perhaps a good proposal from a Spanish club could interest him.

“I’m saying this because Pep doesn’t like to be away from his family and friends and really enjoys the time spent with them, so a possible return to Spain would be helpful.”

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