Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has suggested that Pep Guardiola should run for his job as he tries to make amends with the former Camp Nou coach.
This peculiar response from the Barca chief comes days after the Bayern Munich coach accused him of using Tito Vilanova’s illness as a means to make him look bad amongst the media.
After denying these reports, Rosell attempted to patch up his relationship with Guardiola, going so far as to suggest he would be "delighted" if he ran for Barcelona president and insisting the duo are not enemies.
"We would never use the health of Tito or anyone for anything," he told Catalunya TV station 8TV. "That said, what I want to reiterate is that we have to think of the good things, thank him, and make sure we’re all Guardiola fans forever.
"Pep is a rival, not an enemy. I don’t see Guardiola running for president, but if that was the case, I’d be delighted.
"We spoke last weekend, but for the sake of privacy I won’t say what we said. The only contact I had with him prior was to congratulate him when he was announced as Bayern coach."
The Catalan club chief reiterated his desire to bring defender Thiago Silva to Camp Nou this summer but admitted that Paris Saint-Germain were proving impossible to convince to sell.
"I’ve already said we all want Thiago Silva," he added. "It’s not a question of price for him. That’s the problem. Money isn’t important to PSG."
Rosell then commented on his own squad, addressing transfer rumours as well as the departure of Thiago Alcantara, who has reunited with Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
"Barca are a buying club, not a selling club. If someone wants to buy Andres Iniesta or Lionel Messi, they don’t have a price," he continued.
"The best players are always the best paid with us. It’s difficult for a small club to be able to pay their wages.
"I don’t doubt Pep wanted to sign Thiago. Pep wanted him and Thiago wanted to go. David Villa knew that if he stayed he wouldn’t play the minutes he wanted.
"Victor Valdes isn’t going because he doesn’t want to leave; he wants to respect his contract. Carles Puyol is a great player with a huge heart and great energy. With his physical and mental strength he’ll be a good 'signing'."