Barcelona’s presidential candidate Víctor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Camp Nou.
Font believes the best way to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona would be to entice Guardiola back as manager from Manchester City.
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned his presidency this week, after months of criticism regarding Barcelona’s ailing finances and struggles on the pitch, and Font wants to restore the glory days.
“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,” Font told Sky Sports News. “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.
“The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League. We have no doubt that if we basically have the honour to take the helm of FC Barcelona we will be able to achieve that [Messi staying].”
Ronald Koeman is battling to steady the ship as manager after replacing Quique Setien. Guardiola, whose City contract expires next summer, won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona’s manager, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
Last month Guardiola said he was keen to extend his spell with City. “I would love to stay longer here,” he said. “It is a place I love to be but I have to deserve.”