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Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)


Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor
Font
wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp.

Font believes the best way to keep Lionel
Messi at Barcelona will be to entice former boss Guardiola back to the club
from Manchester City.

Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned his
presidency earlier this week, after months of criticism on Barcelona’s ailing
finances and struggles on the pitch.

Bartomeu never recovered from Barcelona’s
8-2 Champions League quarter-final humbling at the hands of eventual tournament
winners Bayern Munich.

But now Font has claimed he knows how to
restore the glory days at the Catalan giants – starting with a move to lure old
boss Guardiola back to the club.

“Most of the best professionals who know
about this style are also fans and love the club, like Pep Guardiola, Xavi,
Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol,” Font told Sky Sports News.

“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.

“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).”

Bayern’s 8-2 hammering of Barcelona in
August sparked Messi’s protracted attempt to leave the club, but a long-mooted
reunion with Guardiola at Manchester City never materialised.

Ronald Koeman is battling to steady the
ship after replacing Quique Setien, but Bartomeu’s resignation leaves a
leadership void that Font is determined to fill.

Guardiola’s current Manchester City
contract expires next summer.

The 49-year-old steered Barcelona to three
triumphs in La Liga, two Champions League titles and two Copa del Rey victories
in four years at the Nou Camp – not to mention three Spanish Super Cups, two
UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cup wins.

Guardiola joined City in 2016 and has
landed two Premier League titles, as well as three League Cup triumphs and two
Community Shield successes.

“Replacing the best generation, the world
of football has ever seen, which I believe we have had over the last decade, is
a big challenge,” said Font.

“Particularly at a time when competition is
intense, and many clubs are owned by very powerful owners.

“FC Barcelona also need a significant
investment to rebuild the stadium and all in a world which has been hit with
one of the worst crises ever (coronavirus).

“It is clear we need a very solid plan to
meet these challenges and this is what we have been doing over the last few
years.

“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.”

– TEAMtalk media

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