Football: Rivaldo: Guardiola misses his people and could return to Spain
Football Former Barcelona coach left in 2012
Ernesto Valverde is likely to continue as Barcelona coach, despite the collapse at Anfield, however Rivaldo believes that Pep Guardiola misses his people in Catalonia and could return to Spanish football.
The Manchester City coach sealed a historic back-to-back Premier League title triumph on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, however his greatest days on the continental stage did come at the Camp Nou.
“Pep doesn’t like being away from his family and friends, he misses his people and I think because of that, a good proposal from Spain may interest him,” Rivaldo explained in an interview with Betfair.
“I’m convinced that Guardiola will have new opportunities in the future, I wouldn’t even rule out this summer.
“Nostalgia for his people will determine his future.”
Rivaldo and Guardiola were actually teammates with the Blaugrana, and the Brazilian has admitted that he is surprised by the success the Spaniard has found in coaching.
“It’s funny, when we shared a dressing room Pep was saying that he would be a coach,” he admitted.
“But I never imagined that he would be so good and have won as many titles as he has.
“I’m very happy for him, because he puts a lot of passion into everything he does and his relationship with his players is magnificent, that shows how great a guy he is.”
Real Madrid will undergo significant squad restructuring in the summer and the first player expected to arrive is Eden Hazard, whom the former Bunyodkor midfielder believes would be a perfect fit in the Spanish capital.
“It’s a transfer that both sides need,” he intimated.
“Real Madrid, because after a bad season, they are looking for this kind of character to provoke a reaction next year, but it’s also good for Hazard because he’s looking for a bigger challenge than Chelsea, and Real Madrid represents that.
“Problems adapting to LaLiga Santander? No chance. With his age, maturity and experience in the Premier League I’m convinced he’ll adapt to Spanish football very quickly.”