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Pep Linked With Shock Barca Return

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is being linked with a surprise return to Barcelona, with whom he won 14 trophies between 2008 and 2012.

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The Spanish tactician spent four years in charge of the Catalan giants between 2008 and 2012, during which he won two UEFA Champions League titles.

It is widely thought that the Barcelona team Guardiola managed is the best footballing side ever seen, with Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi underpinning the side’s success both domestically and in Europe.

Since his departure nine years ago, Guardiola has been linked with a return to his boyhood club, with whom he also spent most of his career as a footballer.

The ex-Bayern Munich boss and current Manchester City boss, however, has consistently played down the possibility of going back to Barcelona, though its current president Joan Laporta looks set to test his resolve.

According to El Nacional, the Blaugrana chief will do everything in his power to convince Guardiola of a return in the future, though the publication does state that it is almost impossible.

Laporta, however, the story does suggest that Laporta is also willing to offer Guardiola a role on the board if the Premier League manager is not interested in taking up the role of head coach.

What is Guardiola’s Barcelona legacy?

Guardiola started his journey with the Catalan giants as a teenager in its youth system before going on to claim an incredible 15 trophies as a player in the senior team, including six league titles and the European Cup in 1992.

In 2008, he returned as first-team boss and played a part in what is widely considered as the greatest period in the club’s history as his side lifted 14 pieces of silverware between 2008 and 2012.

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