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Pep Guardiola Brushes Off Barcelona Links; Insists Ronald Koeman Deserves Second Year at Camp Nou

Pep Guardiola has insisted Ronald Koeman deserves another chance at Barca
Pep Guardiola has insisted Ronald Koeman deserves another chance at Barca / AFP Contributor/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has ruled out a return to Barcelona, insisting that Ronald Koeman deserves another chance to prove himself at Camp Nou.

The Manchester City boss has been long-linked with a return to Spain, after leading the LaLiga giants to 14 trophies during his stint at the club between 2008 and 2012, including three league titles and two Champions League trophies.

Koeman, on the other hand, did not have a great debut campaign last season, with his side faltering in the title race and getting dumped out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain. Questions have been raised over the Dutchman's future at the club, but Guardiola believes his peer deserves another year in charge of Catalans.

"Koeman is the ideal coach for next season, I am very happy and the president is convinced," Guardiola told Cadena SER. "It has been a difficult year for everyone and Ronald deserves one more year, with people in the stadium. Besides, second years are always better. At times the team has played very well, they are among those who played better football in Spain."

Guardiola also dismissed rumours linking him to the hot-seat at Camp Nou, insisting he is "happy" at City, having just led his side to the Premier League title. "I have a two-year contract at Manchester, I'm happy and so it will continue to be," he added.

The Spaniard is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the end of the 2022/23 season with the potential for extension talks in 2022.