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'It's an Uncomfortable Situation' - Pep Guardiola Responds to Arrest of Former Barcelona President Bartomeu

Arjun Singh Devgan
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Former Barcelona and current Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has opened up on Josep Maria Bartomeu's recent arrest, calling it "uncomfortable" after the former president was arrested by police as part of the investigation regarding "Barcagate" on Monday.

Bartomeu was provisionally released on Tuesday after spending Monday in jail as the 58-year-old ex-Barca boss invoked his right not to testify. Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti were also understood to be arrested along with the former Barcelona president.

"It's an uncomfortable situation but I hope it will finish well. He’s already innocent until the court proves he is guilty. Only I'm concerned is that in one week we’ll have a new president. It’s a difficult situation at Barcelona but the new man needs to have the courage to lead in the next years. As many people as possible can vote and lead the best club in the world," Guardiola said as per Goal.

"I’m pretty sure they’ll come back stronger. The new president has to lead with confidence and get the fans together and that will make them the club they are. I’m looking forward to the election and, hopefully, the president will be okay."

The Spaniard revolutionised the club during his stint as manager, dominating the landscape both domestically and in Europe with the 50-year-old leading them to three LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey's and two Champions League honours.