Barcelona have given up trying to make Pep Guardiola sign a long-term deal...Pep Guardiola will not be persuaded to sign a new Barcelona contract this summer and Joan Laporta wants to leave it to his successor to try and make the coach stay.
The Blaugrana president will step down from his post next year after two terms in office and had hoped to leave a legacy in place starting with the coach.
Having won the treble last term and started the new campaign with a trophy many felt Guardiola would want to commit, but he has maintained his stance of not wanting to sign an extension.
Now Laporta has stopped trying to tempt him into putting pen to paper and instead will give that job to whoever wins the presidential elections in 2010.
“It is a question for Pep not for the club;" Laporta was quoted as saying by Barca's official website. "He’s told us that he’s very happy with his situation and I suppose he’ll come to an understanding with FC Barcelona’s next president."
Laporta will back one of the candidates in the election who will continue the successful project that he began in 2003 and which has seen the club move back to the top.
“It’s not yet the moment to reveal who will lead this project. It’s a question we have to decide internally and there’s still time to do so," he added.
"We have some important competitions between now and December, after which will be the right time to make an announcement."
Lucas Brown, Goal.com