27th June, 2018
The rumours making the rounds that Barcelona are trying to sign both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann for the new season has received a massive boost as Barca former boss, Guardiola gave the idea a “thumbs up”.
Itis a fact that Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is being expected to return to Camp Nou ahead of next season, just two years after departing in a world-record deal.
As far as Griezmann is concerned, he revealed last month he is keen on a move away from Atletico Madrid. It is a fact that Barcelona was previously close to signing him and seem to still be interested in acquiring his services.
Meanwhile Pep Guardiola, who spent four years as Barcelona head coach before joining Bayern Munich and then his current side Manchester City, thinks both players would suit the LaLiga champions.
“It all depends on the idea you have in mind with the sporting director and the coach,” Guardiola told reporters at a presentation in Barcelona.
“The good [players] are always welcome in any team. Those two are very good.”
Pep coached Neymar during his time at Barcelona, but he refused to get too caught up in the speculation.
“I’m not going to say anything, it does not belong to me,” he said. “This belongs to Barcelona. I’ve lived in this club for a long time and I do not want any opinion to be misinterpreted.”
Guardiola won the Champions League twice and LaLiga three times during his time in charge of the Catalan giants, but the 48-year-old has no intention of returning in a boardroom position.
“I will return to Barcelona sooner or later. But as president, forget about it,” he said.
“To be president, you have to know [what you’re doing] and be prepared; to have knowledge that I don’t have.
“I’m trying to be a good coach; that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live, sooner or later.”