Its been a decade now since Pep Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012, and the links of him returning to the club which has always remained in his heart haven’t rested. The same rumours have furled up, after Guardiola himself admit that he would like to return to Barcelona one day. However, Manchester City fans need not worry since Guardiola’s comments came after he recently penned a new contract extension with the Premier League club, which will now keep him in charge until the summer of 2025.
That’s a huge relief for the City fans, who have enjoyed enormous success under the Spaniard’s rein. And they should consider themselves lucky as well, since this is Guardiola’s lengthiest spell he has spent at a club in his managerial career. His and Barcelona’s affair lasted for only four years despite the club conquering every trophy under him, whereas his Bayern Munich spell lasted for just three years. This is already his sixth year at City making it his longest stay, which has further been extended until 2025.
If I was essential, I would return – Pep Guardiola on possible Barca reunion
The footballing world has seen a number of coaches who have dreamt of making their team so strong that any opponent would ‘fear’ playing against them. However, Pep Guardiola rather built such team than making any blunt claims. His FC Barcelona team was a mayhem for the opposition, and crushed almost every team they faced. Ask Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho, who had experience utter humiliation at the hands of Guardiola’s Barcelona during their time at Manchester United and Real Madrid respectively.
Guardiola arguably managed the best generation of Barca players, in the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Gerrard Pique, Dani Alves amongst others, all in their peak years. In his four years at Camp Nou, Guardiola steered the club to a staggering 14 trophies, which also includes the famous sextuple. Barcelona has been his most successful stint, as his last Champions League triumph came there. Asked about a possible return to the club, Guardiola told Mundo Deportivo:
“It’s a bad way to see it that I have to go back, because Pep left and Barca kept winning. You shouldn’t think like that. If I thought I was essential, I would return, but that’s not the case. There are stages, there are processes, and if one day I have to meet again, we will meet again naturally. I’ve renovated because it’ very sunny there [laughs]. I feel very good there, very comfortable, they give me everything and I have very good friends nearby.
“The city [Manchester] is not Barcelona, I’m not at home. That’s obvious, but every three days there is a game and I prepare them, that makes me feel good in Manchester and in the city. Nothing is comparable to Barca, because here everything is on the surface. If I’m here, it’s because Barça gave me everything and I’ll never be grateful enough. I feel at home in the City. I also felt good in Germany and now I had thought of ending, with my wife Cristina I had already talked about it enough, but they have tangled me again.”