‘It’s done’ – Pep Guardiola definitively shuts down Barcelona return rumours

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has, on Saturday, moved to rule out the possibility of a return to former club Barcelona.

‘Bring them back’

Ongoings at the Camp Nou have of course taken centre stage in the media this week.

This comes with a long-overdue change at the Barcelona summit having finally been forthcoming.

Amid mounting pressure, and with a vote of no confidence in full motion, Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu was left with little choice but to step down from his post.

The Spaniard announced the news during a press conference on Tuesday evening, with confirmation of the exits of the rest of the club’s board having also arrived:

In the aftermath of Bartomeu’s resignation, meanwhile, much of the talk amongst the Barca faithful, and pundits alike, has surrounded what exactly is next for the Catalans.

One man to have since made his plans crystal clear, to the delight of Blaugrana fans the world over, though, is Victor Font.

Font is currently viewed as the frontrunner to replace Bartomeu as president at the Camp Nou, and, on Thursday, revealed his intention to lure the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and, crucially, Pep Guardiola, back to the club:

‘It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation.’

‘And most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol.’

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

‘Over’

As such, speculation surrounding the future of Man City boss Guardiola has since inevitably ramped back up, amid suggestions that the Spaniard could well be open to a return to the club where he made his name as a tactician.

Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Sheffield United (which the Sky Blues went on to win 1-0), the 49-year-old was therefore drawn on the rumours of a potential return to Catalunya.

Guardiola, though, was defiant in his response, assuring that his time at Barcelona is ‘done’:

‘My period as Barcelona manager is over. I think once in a lifetime you have to do things.’

‘There are incredible people who can be in charge there, now for example Ronald Koeman. It’s over, I will come back to my city to see my club, to watch the game, it’s done.’

Quotes via Goal

Deportivo Alavés vs Barcelona live streaming: Watch La Liga online

Burnley 0-3 Chelsea: Ziyech providing much-needed cutting edge as Mount & Havertz impress from deep


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

Manchester City betting odds, next game:

Manchester City's latest videos

HIGHLIGHTS | WEST BROM 0-5 CITY | CANCELO, GUNDOGAN, MAHREZ & STERLING GOALS
HIGHLIGHTS | WEST BROM 0-5 CITY | CANCELO, GUNDOGAN, MAHREZ & STERLING GOALS
Manchester City went back to the top of the Premier League after goals from…
2021-01-27T00:00:09Z
REACTION | CITY BACK ON TOP | MAN CITY 5-0 WEST BROM
REACTION | CITY BACK ON TOP | MAN CITY 5-0 WEST BROM
Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison reflect on a wonderful performance at West Brom. City…
2021-01-26T22:29:41Z
Premier League table
# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 19 23 41
2 Manchester United FC 19 11 40
3 Leicester City FC 19 14 38
4 West Ham United FC 20 6 35
5 Liverpool FC 19 15 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
7 Everton FC 17 7 32
8 Arsenal FC 20 6 30
9 Aston Villa FC 17 13 29
10 Chelsea FC 19 10 29
11 Southampton FC 19 3 29
12 Leeds United 19 -3 26
13 Crystal Palace FC 20 -12 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Burnley FC 18 -12 19
16 Newcastle United FC 20 -15 19
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
18 Fulham FC 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 20 -33 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 7
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 7
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 6
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6