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Joan Laporta wants Pep Guardiola as Barcelona sporting director

With eyes on the presidency of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta plans on "getting the band back together" for another shot at glory.

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Former FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta is planning on running for the club's presidency once again in 2016. His platform is a "get the band back together" campaign of sorts and includes bringing Pep Guardiola back to the Catalan club, according to Sport.

While Laporta has yet to announce that he is running for the position, Sport says that he is targeting Guardiola for the club's sporting director position and is willing to give him full power over all footballing operations to build the club in his image.

Guardiola was very successful with Laporta while coaching Barcelona. Together, the club won La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Supercopa del Espana twice while also winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Supercup, and FIFA Club World Cup once. That's quite the trophy haul, it's exactly what Laporta wants to bring back to Barcelona with Guardiola at the helm.

Where does this leave Bayern Munich?

Pep is still under contract with Bayern through the summer of 2016, and the club has already said that they want to keep Guardiola in Munich long term. Pep has put off any discussions of an extension at this time due to there being another year left on his current deal. However, Guardiola has previously mentioned that he enjoys FC Bayern's structure and organization that allows him to focus on coaching and less of the non-sport related activities that he dealt with regularly at Barcelona.

The only thing that's concrete is that Guardiola will be on the sidelines at the Allianz Arena for the next year and a half. For Pep's future post-summer of 2016, both of these world footballing heavyweights will have to wait for his decision.

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