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Manchester City's Pep Guardiola wants Barcelona youth team return to end career

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola wants Barcelona youth team return to end career

ESPN

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he would like to end his coaching career where it began, with Barcelona's reserves.

Guardiola, 47, in his third season at City, took over Barca's B team in 2007 before being promoted to the senior side a year later.

"I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams. Hopefully, it will be Barca's," he told the Universo Valdano show, which will air in Spain on Thursday night.

This summer, former Barcelona midfielder Guardiola ruled out a return to coach the Barca first team. He won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups during four seasons in charge.

Guardiola signed a two-year contract extension with City in May, keeping him at the club until June 2021, and guided them to last season's Premier League title with a record-breaking 100-point tally.

"My teams will try to play how I want them to play," he said. "That's why I'm a coach and I deserve to be happy."

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