Catalans want former boss to return.
Barcelona will plead with former manager Pep Guardiola to return as boss after his successor Tito Vilanova suffered a relapse in his battle with a brain tumour.
Vilanova will undergo an emergency operation at a hospital in Barcelona on Wednesday.
The tactician had a tumor removed from his parotid gland last November but during a recent medical check-up a new tumor was found. The 44-year-old will step-down temporarily as boss of the Catalans while he recuperates and the club want Guardiola to return to the helm.
Barcelona do not plan to make an announcement regarding Vilanova’s relapse until after he has talked with the players on Wednesday afternoon.
Guardiola, who is Barca’s most successful ever boss after leading the club to 14 major trophies in four seasons, is currently on a year-long sabbatical from football in New York and has insisted that he will not return to management until next summer.
But it is understood that the 41-year-old is willing to discuss the possibility of returning temporarily in the hope that his friend and former assistant Vilanova makes a full recovery.
Barcelona are through to the last 16 of the Champions League and currently top La Liga, a whopping 13 points clear of titles rivals Real Madrid and 12 clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are all understood to be keen for Guardiola to take over as boss next summer.
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