Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Brazil legend Rivaldo has hinted that “there might be a real chance for Guardiola to return” to Barcelona after news of Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League.
Former Barcelona superstar Rivaldo, 47, speculated on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, 49, returning to Barcelona after his club was given a two-year ban from participating in European competitions, including the Champions League.
Despite Guardiola assuring he plans to stay at City, Rivaldo said: “It would be a magnificent opportunity for next season, but it also depends on what FC Barcelona want to do.
“If Setien manages to win the Champions League and does a solid campaign in La Liga, there will be no reason to change managers.
“If the club does not reach expectations and generates unease, there might be a real chance for Guardiola to return to the club where he gained the most success.”
When speaking of Barcelona directors reportedly hiring a company to run a smear campaign against their own players and former club presidents to improve their image Rivaldo said: “I just hope all of that is not true.
“If Barcelona really has paid to defame players, ex-players and ex-presidents on social media, it would be something really sad.
“This type of news on social media is really bothersome for the people affected and more so if it is their club that ordered it. The whole world should be angry.”
Rivaldo went on to speak about Barcelona captains Lionel Messi, 32, and Gerard Pique, 31, saying: “Both of them should focus on working and wait for this case to fully develop.
“That is how I did it in my career, I always tried to stay away from rumours and news that could only hurt my performance if I gave them too much attention.
“The two (Messi and Pique) are symbols of the club who prove their loyalty and professionalism in every practice and match.
“The fans surely know that, so they should not be worried about subjects outside of football affecting them or not.”
Manchester City were given a two-year ban from participating in European competitions for reportedly failing to comply with UEFA financial fair play rules.
The club has stated they plan to appeal the decision.
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