Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola back as manager

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates in front of his coach Pep Guardiola after scoring a goal against VfB Stuttgart - Reuters
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates in front of his coach Pep Guardiola after scoring a goal against VfB Stuttgart - Reuters

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Font believes the best way to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to entice former boss Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City.

Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned his presidency earlier this week, after months of criticism on Barcelona's ailing finances and struggles on the pitch.

Bartomeu never recovered from Barcelona's 8-2 Champions League quarter-final humbling at the hands of eventual tournament winners Bayern Munich.

But now Font has claimed he knows how to restore the glory days at the Catalan giants - starting with a move to lure old boss Guardiola back to the club.

Bayern's 8-2 hammering of Barcelona in August sparked Messi's protracted attempt to leave the club, but a long-mooted reunion with Guardiola at City never materialised. Ronald Koeman is battling to steady the ship after replacing Quique Setien as Barcelona manager, but Bartomeu's resignation leaves a leadership void that Font is determined to fill.

"Most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club, like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol," Font told Sky Sports News.

"They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barca today - we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.

"The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.

"We have no doubt that if we have the honour to take the helm of FC Barcelona we will be able to achieve that."

Upon leaving the club, Bartomeu revealed Barcelona had agreed to the 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 clubs in Europe.

"The details of these requirements will be available to the next board of directors, and the decision on participation 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."