Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to lure Pep Guardiola back to Camp Nou and has reiterated his desire to keep Lionel Messi at the club.
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president of Barcelona on Tuesday, ahead of a vote of no confidence against his leadership, along with his entire board of directors.
Following Bartomeu’s decision to resign, reports claim Barcelona’s presidential elections will take place in the second week of January, with Font tipped to be one of the favourites.
Font, 48, claimed that if he wins the election he will try to bring Guardiola back as head coach, get other big-name former players involved, and ensure Argentina talisman Messi stays.
Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012 enjoying a trophy-laden spell, winning LaLiga thrice and the Champions League trophy twice.
Messi, meanwhile, had indicated his desire to depart Barca in August only to change his decision to avoid a legal dispute, but his current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Font revealed to Sky Sports: “It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation.
“And most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol.
“They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barca today – we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.
“The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.
“We have no doubt that if we basically have the honour to take the helm of Barcelona, we will be able to achieve that.”
Barcelona currently occupy 12th position in LaLiga after a slow and difficult start to the season under new boss Ronald Koeman, who stepped into the dugout as Quique Setien’s successor in August.
Koeman, however, seems to have restored some confidence with Barcelona top of Group G after their recent 2-0 victory over a Ronaldo-less Juventus.
Fans will hope this sort of form continues as they look to put behind the El Clasico disappointment when they face Alaves away from home on Saturday.
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