Bartomeu: Guardiola could return

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to rule out Pep Guardiola returning to the Camp Nou one day.

Guardiola faces his former club in the Champions League on Tuesday night when Manchester City take on Barca at the Etihad Stadium.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, Bartomeu says he hopes that in the future Pep could be back plying his trade in Catalunya, more than three years after leaving to take the reins at Bayern Munich.

“I knew he wanted to go to England as a player but he couldn’t do that and now he is a manager, so it’s normal he went to the Premier League and I hope one day he will be back here,” said Bartomeu.

“You never know. There are so many people who have been at the club, went away, then came back again.

“You never know, but right now he is concentrating on City. We have a match against them and we are going there to win. We need to win because the Champions League is very important to us.

“Our aim every year is to try and win every title and the Champions League is one of those we desire most.”

Bartomeu also touched on the issue of contract renewal talks with Lionel Messi.

“Talks will begin in the next couple of months. I’m not annoyed. This is a decision for Messi or any player to change club.

“At the moment he has a contract to the end of the World Cup in Russia and we are very happy with him.

“Normally players increase and then reduce but he is still growing. So where are his limits? We don’t know,” he admitted.

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