Pep Guardiola reveals desire to return to Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola has revealed his intention to go back to where it all began and finish his coaching career at Barcelona.

Manchester City’s manager presided over one of the most successful periods in Barca’s history between 2008 and 2012, guiding the Catalan club to 14 trophies during his four years in charge.

He coached Barcelona’s B team before he replaced Frank Rijkaard as the senior team’s manager and says he intends to one day return to work in the Blaugrana’s youth academy.

“I will finish again where I started… my last steps will be in the youth teams – I hope at Barca. I believe it’s – to start, it’s the best,” Guardiola told Universo Valdano.

Guardiola’s desire to go back to Catalonia should come as no surprise. He spent 17 years at the Nou Camp as a player before returning in 2007 for five further years.

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However, while the 47-year-old is keen to return to the club he made his name at as a youth-team coach, he said in June that he will never manage Barcelona’s first team again.

“My time there as a coach is finished because I’m not the same as I was then, nor is the way they see me the same,” Guardiola said. “I had the time of my life there, when the world was our oyster, with some incredible players.

“I was at a fantastic age in which I was taking on the world. We took it on with some incredible players, a young president (Joan Laporta), Txiki (Begiristain)… it was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world (Lionel Messi). The stars aligned.”

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