As per reports, Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, is prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to entice Pep Guardiola to return to Camp Nou at the conclusion of the 2023–24 season.
This summer, the Catalan team will choose a new manager after Xavi said last weekend that he would be leaving his position as head coach once the current campaign ends.
The team’s troubles have put Xavi’s leadership role in jeopardy in recent weeks. The iconic former midfielder revealed his reasons for choosing to leave at the conclusion of the season, saying that “this club needs a change of dynamic.”.
The 44-year-old said on Tuesday that his contributions “are not valued enough,” although he did add that he could be willing to talk about coming back at some point in the future.
Rafael Marquez, the head coach of Barcelona B, has shown interest in taking Xavi’s place, while Thiago Motta, the manager of Bologna, is also said to be a target.
Additionally, rumours have it that Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, and Jurgen Klopp, who is leaving Liverpool this summer, are on the club’s shortlist.
Rumours have surfaced, however, claiming that Arteta is quitting the Gunners this summer. The Spaniard has called the reports “totally untrue” and dismissed them as unfounded.
El Chiringuito TV claims that while Laporta is keen to have Guardiola back at Camp Nou, he will have to fight to persuade the Spaniard to quit Manchester City.
Before joining Barcelona again in 2007 as a coach, the 53-year-old played for the team from 1984 to 2001, spending 11 of those years with the first squad.
Prior to taking over as manager of the senior squad in 2008, Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona B.C. During a very successful tenure, he brought home three La Liga championships, two Copa del Rey crowns, and two Champions League medals.
The Spaniard departed Barcelona in June 2012 and rejoined Bayern Munich’s management team a year later. He had another productive three-year tenure there before joining Manchester City.
During his tenure with the Citizens, Guardiola has won five Premier League championships, two FA Cups, four League Cups, and the Champions League.
Though his contract at Etihad Stadium expires at the conclusion of the next campaign, the former midfielder is anticipated to play for the defending English champions for at least one more season.