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Pep Guardiola could return to Barcelona, says Man City boss’ father

By CJ Smith

Published: 17:15, 5 December 2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could one day return to Barcelona, according to his father.

The 48-year-old won three league titles and two Champions Leagues during a four-year managerial spell with the La Liga giants, having already secured legendary status there as a player.

Could Guardiola return to Barca? Five things to know…

  • Guardiola ended a four-year spell as Barca manager in 2012.
  • The 42-year-old won three league titles and two Champions Leagues there, and had a 72.5% win rate.
  • Guardiola has since continued to win trophies with Bayern and City.
  • The former midfielder was awarded the Coach of the Year by the Catalan FA.
  • Accepting the award on his behalf, father Valentin Guardiola admitted Pep could return to Barca in the future.

Since then, Guardiola has continued to mop up trophies in Germany with Bayern Munich and now in England with Manchester City, where he won the domestic treble last season.

Guardiola was awarded the Coach of the Year prize by the Catalan FA on Tuesday night, and although he couldn’t attend to accept the award due to his Man City commitments, his father Valenti was able to be there and faced inevitable questions about a future return to Barcelona.

Although Valenti insisted he’s never advised his son about his career decisions, he didn’t rule out a possible return to the Nou Camp down the line.

“It could be a yes, that he returns to Barcelona, but it would be to coach,” he responded.

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“Since he left home, he has always made his own decisions.

“I’ve never advised him.”

Despite current manager Ernesto Valverde coming under immense pressure from supporters and sections of the media, Barcelona currently sit level with rivals Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table having taken 31 points from 14 games.

The Blaugrana host Mallorca on Saturday.