Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has again insisted that the door will always be open to Pep Guardiola if he wanted to return to the Nou Camp.
The Manchester City manager played for Barca for 11 years before becoming coach in 2008, leading the club to 14 trophies including two Champions League titles.
He left in 2012 and went on to coach Bayern Munich before joining City but last year said in an interview with the Universo Valdano TV programme that he would like to finish his career coaching at Barca’s famous La Masia youth academy.
And Bartomeu has welcomed the possibility that the Spanish tactician could well return to the club in a coaching capacity.
“He took the decision to leave and, of course, when Barca are looking for a new coach I am sure he will be one of the next board’s candidates,” he told ESPN.
“I think Pep said recently that he didn’t see himself as the first team coach again, but maybe with the academy.
“He’s very clear on the club’s philosophy and style of play and to be able to bring him back home would be great for the club and for the players.”
It’s a topic that has been discussed by the Barca chief before, with Bartomeu previously opening up on the likelihood of Guardiola returning to familiar surroundings.
“I read that he’s planning in the future to come back to Barcelona and maybe take care of La Masia,” Bartomeu said.
“I think it’s good news for our club that he could do that one day.
“He knows the door is always open for him. Even when he told us he wanted to leave in 2012, we suggested to him he could take care of La Masia.
“He preferred (a clean break). Nobody told him to leave Barcelona. He could come back in future. He knows this. Why not?”