- Pep Guardiola and Manchester City face Barcelona on Wednesday night
- The 45-year-old spent four hugely successful years at the Nou Camp
- But Guardiola will not return to the club, according to his father Valenti
- Guardiola Snr believes his son will not manage the Spanish national team
Joe Strange for MailOnline
Pep Guardiola will not make an emotional return to Barcelona in any capacity in the future, according to his father.
The Manchester City boss will be back at the Nou Camp on Wednesday when his side take on Luis Enrique’s men in the Champions League group stage.
But Valenti Guardiola says his son’s time with Barca has ‘come and gone’ and he does not believe the 45-year-old will rejoin the Spanish champions.
Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during Manchester City’s draw with Everton
Guardiola is thrown by his Barcelona players after winning the Champions League in 2009
GUARDIOLA AT BARCELONA
Honours: La Liga (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99), Copa del Rey (1997, 1998), European Cup (1992), Cup Winners’ Cup (1997), Super Cup (1992, 1997)
Honours: La Liga (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11), Copa del Rey (2009, 2012), Champions League (2009, 2011), Super Cup (2009, 2011), Club World Cup (2009, 2011)
Speaking to radio station Cadena Ser on Monday, Guardiola Snr said: ‘Return to Barcelona? To do what, work as a ball boy?’
‘I really don’t see him there either as president or on the bench. His time with Barca has come and gone, I don’t think he would do well in going back.
‘At the very least, I think we can rule out him coming back as coach.’
Guardiola enjoyed four hugely successful years as Barcelona manager, winning La Liga three times and the Champions League twice.
However, his father thinks a return to Spain would only be on the cards if Catalonia manage to gain independence.
Nolito, pictured celebrating his goal against Everton, will also be returning to face his old club
Guardiola’s father, Valenti (front, centre) does not believe his son will manage Barcelona again
‘I would say he could take the Catalan national team, but I can’t see him in Spain,’ Valenti added.
‘I’m not just saying that, I have nothing against anyone. Everyone is free to think what they want.
‘I don’t know what he will do, who am I to say what he should do?’
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