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Barca Stars Approve Of Pep To Bayern

Barcelona’s stars and executives have unanimously expressed their happiness that Pep Guardiola will soon be back in football, having agreed to take over at Bayern Munich on 1 July.

The former Barca boss was the hottest commodity on the market, and the football world was anxious to see where he would end up.

But the players that Guardiola worked with at the Camp Nou were more anxious that he would rediscover his happiness, which he had lost to stress towards the end of his Barca tenure.

And so they have all celebrated their old boss’s appointment as coach of one of Europe’s biggest and most illustrious clubs.

"I am very happy that he is returning to football," Guardiola’s friend and replacement at Barca, Tito Vilanova, said. "I did not know where he was going as there was a confidentiality agreement.

"I do not know how many teams or what kind of contracts he was offered, but I am sure they were all top level. He has had time to think about where to go.

"Bayern are an historic club. They have four Champions League titles to their name, and their facilities are fantastic."

Club captain Carles Puyol wished Guardiola well at Bayern, adding:  "They [Bayern] are a very good team, and he's a fantastic manager. He is going to one of the big clubs in Europe."

While reserve goalkeeper and club veteran Pinto said: "If he is happy, we are happy".

The consensus is that Bayern achieved a coup by securing the services of Guardiola.

But when everything is considered, it does seem logical that the Bavarian club was the Catalan coach’s choice.

Barca and Bayern are similar in many respects: giants of the domestic game, aristocrats of Europe, owned by the fans and infused with a fundamentally attacking philosophy.

And so it seems that the Barca players who know Pep so well believe he will find a natural fit at the Allianz Arena.

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