Pep Guardiola has opened the door to a return to FC Barcelona before the end of his career. The current Manchester City manager, however, has expressed his joy at continuing with the Premier League club.
Present in Barcelona to receive the title of Catalan coach of the year from the hands of the local football federation, Pep Guardiola recalled his love for Barça. A former midfielder for the Blaugrana club, it was above all as a first-team coach that he marked Barcelona history during his time between 2008 and 2012, notably with two crowns in the Champions League and three in La Liga.
« It’s a bad way to see it by saying that I have to come back, estimated the 51-year-old technician. Because since Pep left, Barça have continued to win. If I thought I was essential, I would come back , but it’s not. These are steps, these are processes, and if one day we have to come together, it will happen in a natural way. »
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The reasons for his extension to City
More than ten years after leaving Barça, Pep Guardiola has known two other clubs: Bayern Munich and Manchester City. In the fight for the title in the Premier League and contender for the final victory in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola has just extended his contract with the Skyblues until 2025. A simple reason for this, he is happy across the Channel.
« I extended in Manchester because there is a lot of sun, » the Catalan coach first joked in remarks reported by the local press. Before continuing more seriously: « I feel very good there, very comfortable. They give me everything and I have very good friends near me. »
Guardiola explains how he avoids thinking about Barcelona
Before thinking of a return, one day, on the Barça bench, Pep Guardiola intends to win many trophies with Manchester City. And then, according to him, it is precisely with the work and the sequence of matches that he is not affected by a kind of spleen when thinking of his dear Catalonia.
« To continue, you have to have very good players and when you have continuity in a club it’s because those from above give you a lot of support, said Pep Guardiola again. The city is not Barcelona, I’m not at home. It’s obvious, but every three days there is a game and I prepare them. It makes me feel good at Manchester and at City. »