Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to Camp Nou. Font believe the best way to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure former boss Guardiola to the club from Manchester City.
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned his presidency earlier this week after months of criticism over Barcelona’s struggling finances and difficulties on the pitch.
Bartomeu never recovered from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-final humbling himself at the hands of tournament winners Bayern Munich.
But now Font has claimed he knows how to restore the glory days of the Catalan giants – starting with an attempt to lure old boss Guardiola to the club.
Bayern’s 8-2 pounding against Barcelona in August sparked Messi’s prolonged attempt to leave the club, but a long-standing reunion with Guardiola at City never materialized. Ronald Koeman is fighting to stabilize the ship after replacing Quique Setien as Barcelona manager, but Bartomeu’s resignation leaves a leadership void which Font is determined to fill.
“Most of the top pros who know this style are also fans and love the club, like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol,” Font told Sky Sports News.
“These are all legends who love Barcelona but don’t work for Barca today – we have to bring them back to make sure we have a very competitive project.
“The only thing Messi needs is to know that he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.
“We have no doubt that if we have the honor of taking the helm of FC Barcelona, we can achieve it.”
Upon leaving the club, Bartomeu revealed that Barcelona have agreed to join a future European Super League.
He said: “The board of directors yesterday approved the acceptance of the requirements to participate in a future European Super League of Football Clubs, a project promoted by the big European clubs.
“The details of these requirements will be available at the next Board of Directors, and the decision to participate in this competition will have to be ratified by the next Assembly of Compromising Partners.
“And I also want to announce that we have approved the acceptance of the future new format of the Club World Cup.”