Pep Guardiola's father leaves door open for Barcelona return

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Lewis Ambrose

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Pep Guardiola was awarded the Coach of the Year award by the Catalan FA on Tuesday but wasn’t present to collect the prize.

While Pep was patrolling the Turf Moor dugout and guiding his Manchester City side to a 4-1 win, his father was the one picking up his trophy.

And it wasn’t long before the obvious question was asked; could Pep return to Barcelona?

“It could be a yes, that he returns to Barcelona, but it would be to coach,” his father responded.

“Since he left home, he has always made his own decisions.

“I’ve never advised him.”

Guardiola left Camp Nou in 2012 and took a year-long break before moving to Bayern Munich. After three years in the Bundesliga, he made the switch to Manchester City, where he has been since 2016.

Speaking in the past, the 48-year-old has admitted he would like to return to the club where he started his career both as a player and a coach.

“I will return to Barcelona sooner or later,” he said in the summer, with many believing he would like to take up a role in the club’s famed academy.