Barcelona's Sandro Rosell: Pep Guardiola's contract is ready and he can sign it whenever he wants

The president of the Catalan giants insists the coach can sign a new deal if he so wishes and says that re-signing Samuel Eto'o was never an option
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has declared that the club have offered Pep Guardiola a new contract.

The 40-year-old took charge of Barca's first team in 2008 and has become the most successful coach in the history of the club, with 12 titles in little over 200 games.

However, Guardiola has always refused to commit his long-term future to the club and has guaranteed he would rather leave while he is on a winning path.

Rosell said that Guardiola has a new contract waiting for him and revealed the retired midfielder has the option to choose the terms of the deal.

"We are doing everything possible for Guardiola to continue," he told Al Jazeera. "For him, the door of our office is always open and the contract is ready.

"He can choose to sign for a year, two, three of four. Or even if he wants, he can sign for one year with an option for another one, or an option for two more.

"The contract is on the table for him to feel happy and comfortable. He hope he will say 'yes' and that he stays with us."

Rosell went on to reject suggestions his side wanted to re-sign Samuel Eto'o following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's disappointing spell at Camp Nou.

"We believed Ibrahimovic did not fit in our squad and that we should reach an agreement with Milan," he explained. "We never considered a new swap for Eto'o.

"I did not want to keep Ibrahimovic. I wanted what our technical staff were asking for. He was not a proper piece, so we worked to offload him.

"We looked for the best possible solution for Barca, so he went to Milan."

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