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Guardiola rules out return to Barcelona

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Former Barcelona Manager, Pep Guardiola, has rubbished speculations of him returning to the club following reports that the current Manager Luis Enrique will leave his post after a shocking 4-0 defeat to PSG in their Champions League clash last Tuesday.

Reports on Friday suggested that the Manchester City boss could be under consideration for a return to former club Barcelona, with some claiming that five-time Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi had personally called Guardiola and asked him to consider a return to the Nou Camp.

But Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona’s head coach, says he has no intention of returning to the job he left in 2012.

“No, I will never go back to Barcelona to be coach there. My period there is gone,” said the 46-year-old Spaniard on Saturday.

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“Barcelona are still the best team in the world.

“It’s always a surprise because they are so, so good, but in football anything can happen.

“There’s a lot of competition, the opposition are so strong. You can win heavily or you can lose heavily, that can happen, it’s happened to me, but there are 90 minutes to go and anything can happen.”

Current boss Luis Enrique has come under immense pressure this week after his side’s 4-0 humbling defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. But Guardiola strongly believes that Barca has the mentality and capability to overturn the deficit in the return leg.

“If there’s a team who can do it, then it’s Barca, with their mentality,” he said.

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