Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he will try to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club if he is re-elected to the role next year.
Laporta was president from 2003-2010 and oversaw one of the most successful periods in the club’s history and was at the helm when Guardiola was promoted from youth manager to take charge of the senior team in 2008.
Guardiola is currently under contract at Manchester City until June next year, but his future has been thrown into doubt following the club’s two-year ban from European competition for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
The Catalan outfit is in turmoil following the resignation of six directors last month in protest at how the club is being run.
"I'm working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate. I've been president before and I'm excited to be back," Laporta told 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."
Barcelona won 14 trophies, including three league titles and two Champions Leagues, during Guardiola’s four-year stint at the helm before leaving in 2012.