Joan Laporta keen to take Pep Guardiola back to Barcelona if elected president

Barcelona won 14 trophies during Guardiola's reign before his exit in 2012

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Joan Laporta has said he is considering a run for the Barcelona presidency in 2021 and will attempt to take Pep Guardiola back to the club if he is elected.

Laporta was Barcelona president from 2003 to 2010 and was at the helm when Guardiola was promoted from the youth team to manager of the senior team in 2008.

Barcelona won 14 trophies - including three league titles and the Champions League twice - during Guardiola's reign before his exit in 2012.

Guardiola is under contract at Manchester City until June 2021 but his future is in doubt after UEFA handed the club a two-year ban from European competition for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, a ruling City have appealed.

"I'm working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate. I've been president before and I'm excited to be back," Laporta was quoted as saying on Catalan station TV3.

"I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to coach Barca again.

"At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barca coach from 2021."

Spanish football is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but players have returned to individual training this week after the relaxing of lockdown measures in Spain.

As well as dealing with the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Barcelona have also had to contend with instability in the boardroom after six executives resigned over protest of the running of the club.

FILE PHOTO: ON THIS DAY -- May 5  May 5, 2012     SOCCER - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is tossed in the air by his players after his last game at the Camp Nou, a 4-0 victory over local rivals Espanyol in which striker Lionel Messi scored four times to take his tally for the season to 72 goals.     It was the perfect send-off for Guardiola, who won three La Liga titles, the Spanish Cup twice and Champions League twice in his four seasons managing the senior team.     "Life has given me this gift during the past five years of being able to live with these players and enjoy this spectacle," Guardiola told fans. "I have been the privileged one, to feel so loved and admired during all these years." REUTERS/Albert Gea/File photo