Guardiola dismisses Barcelona return

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed speculation about a return to manage Barcelona.

Guardiola was this week linked by Barca's presidential hopeful Victor Font with a return to the club he coached to three league titles as well as Champions League success in 2009 and 2011.

"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," said Font, who is bidding to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu after the latter stepped down as the club's president last Tuesday.

"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."

Guardiola's contract with City expires at the end of the season but the 49-year-old confirmed he will not take over from Ronald Koeman, who saw Barcelona slump to 12th in La Liga following a 1-1 draw with 10-man Alaves on Saturday.

"My career as a manager in Barcelona is over," Guardiola said after City's 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

"There are incredible people who can be in charge. Ronald Koeman is an incredible manager. It's over.

"I will come back to watch a game, but I am happy here."