Josep Guardiola has closed the door on Barcelona. The Manchester City coach has stated that he will not return to coach the Blaugrana in the future.

Josep Guardiola has closed the door on Barcelona. The Manchester City coach has stated that he will not return to coach the Blaugrana in the future.

Guardiola began coaching Barcelona in 2008. He successfully led the Catalan club to numerous achievements.

Under Guardiola’s leadership, Barcelona won 14 trophies. This includes three La Liga titles and two Champions League victories.

Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012. A year later, he began coaching Bayern Munich and is now with Manchester City.

Guardiola’s contract with Manchester City will end in June 2025. He has hinted that next season could be his last at the Etihad Stadium.

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After leaving Manchester City, it is certain that Guardiola will not return to Barcelona. He has closed the door to his former club.

“The door is closed,” Guardiola said, as reported by ESPN.

“The Barcelona bench is one of the most complicated because you have to deal with a lot of issues. At Manchester City, everything we do stays within, but at Barcelona, everything comes out,” he added.

Currently, Barcelona is managed by Hansi Flick, who replaced Xavi Hernandez after he was sacked. Guardiola believes Barcelona is in good hands.

“I wish him all the best in the world,” Guardiola continued.

“When you arrive at a new club, you always need help. You have to try to get help from within and gain full support. You have to move forward little by little. You can’t become champions in September or October.

“Hansi is an extraordinary person, with a lot of desire. A lot. But he needs his time. What he did at Bayern was incredible; he won everything.”

Manchester City has been suddenly busy during this summer transfer window. Their star player, Julian Alvarez, has been heavily linked with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, but the Citizens have rejected approaches from both clubs.

Alvarez has just completed his second season at Man City, scoring 19 goals for Guardiola’s team, who ended the season with their fourth consecutive Premier League title.

The 24-year-old made 54 appearances in all competitions and was the eighth Man City player with the most minutes on the pitch throughout the season.

However, according to a Marca report, Alvarez is considering a move to get more playing opportunities as he realizes he will always be behind Erling Haaland at Man City.

This situation has led Chelsea to sense an opportunity to recruit Alvarez. Furthermore, their new coach, Enzo Maresca, is prioritizing the acquisition of a new striker in the transfer market.

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Current forward Nicolas Jackson finished his first season at Stamford Bridge with 14 goals in the Premier League, and any new player will compete with the Senegalese for a spot in the first team.

Besides Alvarez, the Blues actually wanted to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli. However, the striker’s price tag of 113 million pounds made them back off immediately.

Meanwhile, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have also been linked with a move for the former River Plate player, but club president Enrique Cerezo stated that Alvarez will stay at Man City.

“Julian Alvarez is a Manchester City player, and I am sure he will not move from there,” he said.

Seeing their star being targeted by two top European clubs has not tempted Man City. It is believed they flatly rejected the possibility of such a transfer.

It is understood that if Man City were to consider selling Alvarez, a minimum offer of 80 million euros, excluding bonuses, would make both clubs think twice.

Alvarez, who already won the 2022 World Cup, joined Man City from River Plate in the summer of 2022 and has scored 36 goals in 103 appearances, but Haaland has generally been the first choice under Guardiola.

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