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Barcelona Presidential Candidate Wants Guardiola, Messi Reunion

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Barcelona Presidential favourite, Victor Font has claimed that part of his plans to bring back the glory days to the club involves Guardiola and Messi.

Victor Font, the frontrunner for the Barcelona presidential position has revealed he wants the return of Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola as well as Xavi, Puyol, Iniesta, and the likes and offered reassurances about the future of Lionel Messi, saying he has ‘no doubt’ that the Argentine will stay.

Barcelona Presidential Candidate Wants Guardiola, Messi Reunion

Messi is in the final year of his contract after a tug of war between himself and the club last summer. The 6-time Ballon D’or winner was desperate on taking up the clause in his contract which allows him to leave for free but the club, led by former president, Bartomeu, refuted the claims and refused him access to leave.

Lionel Messi ended up staying put, winding up his contract. However, Josep Bartomeu on the other hand has resigned after signatures came in calling for him to leave. All these are obviously to keep Messi from leaving at the end of the season.

There have been widespread criticisms over the club’s worsening finances as well as obvious decline on the football pitch which was highlighted by a heavy 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich.

Font, who is now the favourite for the position of Barcelona Presidency after Bartomeu’s resignation is interested in bringing back Spaniard, Pep Guardiola to the club to reunite with Messi with whom he experienced glory days.

“Replacing the best generation the world of football has ever seen, which I believe we have had over the last decade, is a big challenge,” Font said

“Particularly at a time when competition is intense and many clubs are owned by very powerful owners.

“FC Barcelona also need a significant investment to rebuild the stadium and all in a world which has been hit with one of the worst crises ever (coronavirus).

“It is clear we need a very solid plan to meet these challenges and this is what we have been doing over the last few years.

“It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation.

“And most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol.

“They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barca today – we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.

“The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.

“We have no doubt that if we basically have the honour to take the helm of FC Barcelona we will be able to achieve that (Messi staying).”

Barcelona Presidential Candidate Wants Guardiola, Messi Reunion

Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012 and is currently Manchester City manager, but his contract at the Etihad Stadium expires next summer, He won 14 major trophies in Barcelona including three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies.

 

 

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