Laporta opens door to Pep return

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has admitted that he would speak with former Coach Pep Guardiola “if the opportunity of his return arose”.

Speaking on the Cuatro show Travelling with Chester, the 52-year-old covered a wide range of topics, including Lionel Messi’s role in the Barca team, the chances of Sergio Ramos joining the club, the conduct of former Presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu and the anthem booing that overshadowed last season’s Copa del Rey final.

“I hope Leo [Messi] continues to take centre stage. He’s never asked for a Coach’s head,” he said.

“What we need is a team in which he feels super-comfortable playing in. We’re talking about the best player in the history of football.

“Luis Enrique will remain Coach. I have a friendly relationship with Pep and we’d talk if the opportunity of his return arose.

“No, [Ramos won’t come here because] he’s a symbol of Real Madrid and negotiating a renewal. I got payback for Figo with Eto’o so what goes around comes around.

“They accumulated a lot of resentment with their vote of censure. They got up to all sorts.

“I didn’t like the anthem being booed [referring to the Copa del Rey final last season] but understood the reason behind it.

“I was in the director’s box alongside the authorities [when it happened] and thought booing the anthem would be in bad taste.”

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