Pep Guardiola has ruled himself out of a return to Barcelona, the club where he enjoyed an incredible haul of 14 trophies in just four years in charge, stressing he is “not the right choice”.
There are suggestions in the Spanish media that the Bayern Munich boss could be lured back to Catalonia if Joan Laporta is re-elected president of Barca but the 43-year-old has tagged all reports linking him to the club as mere speculations.
“Laporta hasn’t said [he is going to appoint me]. You’ve read it somewhere but he’s not said it,” Guardiola told Mundo Deportivo at Bayern’s winter training camp in Doha.
“There are a lot of options and the right people will make the right decisions to keep Barca up there among the best clubs in the world.”
Barcelona have been in crisis lately struggling in the domestic league under new manager Luis Enrique and their latest capitulation came last weekend when they lost 1-0 to lowly rated Real Sociedad courtesy of a Jordi Alba own goal.
Aside that, there have been reports of a rancour between Argentine sensation Lionel Messi and Enrique, with the four-time Ballon d’Or recipient linked with power houses in Europe such as Paris Saint-German, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.
Barcelona entertain La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday night at the Nou Camp with both clubs sitting four points behind leaders Real Madrid.
They will however be hoping to follow up their comfortable 5-0 Copa del Rey win against Elche on Thursday with a victory against Diego Simeone’s side.