Pep Guardiola will not be returning to Barcelona

Catalan finally left Barca last summer after 29-year association with the club. Former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed...

Catalan finally left Barca last summer after 29-year association with the club.

Former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he has no intention whatsoever of coming back to coach the Catalan club.

Guardiola, 42, left Barca by mutual consent last summer after having spent his whole career in Catalonia and will return to top-level management when he replaces Jupp Heynckes as the new Bayern Munich trainer next season.

In his absence under new coach Tito Vilanova, the Spanish giants are on the verge of reclaiming the Liga title which they lost to arch-rivals Real Madrid last season.

However, Barcelona were eliminated from the Uefa Champions by Guardiola’s soon-to-be new employers Munich at the semi-final stage earlier this week 7-0 on aggregate, hence the recent calls by some of the club’s fans for their one-time skipper to return to Camp Nou.

But the ex-Spain international midfield player, who is currently in Argentina giving lectures on leadership, has again reiterated that he will not be making a dramatic return any time soon to Barcelona.

“That chapter is closed. It was a fantastic chapter, but, as in life, one is born, grows and evolves,” Guardiola told the Buenos Aires media.

“I was happy at Barcelona. I had a wonderful relationship with the people I worked with.

“I am very proud to have been part of Barcelona, but life goes on and we need to pursue other goals. I felt a very large peace with myself when I left. I did the best I could.

“Everything has a beginning and an end. And the end comes when you discover that it’s enough.

“When you makes the decision to leave a club, it’s better than when the decision is taken for you.”

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