Barcelona's door open for 'genius' Guardiola return, says Bartomeu

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The Barca president would welcome the Manchester City boss back to Camp Nou with open arms

Pep Guardiola has been told he can return to Barcelona "whenever he wants" by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The Manchester City coach said last month that he would like to end his career by coaching youth teams in Barcelona and Bartomeu hailed him as a genius, saying he is thrilled at the prospect.

Bartomeu said he offered Guardiola the opportunity to take charge of La Masia towards the end of his four-year spell as Barcelona head coach.

Guardiola, who guided one of football's all-time great teams through one of the most successful periods in Barcelona's history between 2008 and 2012, opted instead to leave Camp Nou and enjoyed a spell as Bayern Munich boss before joining City.

But Bartomeu insists the door is never closed on a potential return.

"He's a genius and he has the doors of his house open whenever he wants," the club president told The Times.

"The other day I read that he would like to take over La Masia in the future, it seems perfect to me.

"That's what we offered him when he told us he wanted to leave because he was tired because of the pressure.

"His return would be great news."

Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona's B side where he worked with Sergio Busquets and Pedro, before winning three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and two Champions League trophies with the first team.

Regarding the latest talks over Barcelona's proposed La Liga fixture with Girona at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, Bartomeu was defiant that the game should go ahead as planned.

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He continued: “Every day, football is more global. The fans in Japan, the US, China, the Middle East pay a lot of money to see matches on television.

"Why not allow them from time to time to see these matches live? An away game, whatever La Liga decides, but our home games, we will never play outside Camp Nou.

“Our position is simple."

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