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Pep Guardiola declines FC Barcelona return

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Pep Guardiola says he's not Barcelona's "solution" to any problems that they're having.

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With Barcelona in crisis-mode (Why do people keep calling it this? They're ONE point out of first place!), the media have been speculating about Luis Enrique's job status for weeks. Of course, Pep Guardiola gets asked about returning to Barcelona to replace Enrique while he's in Doha with Bayern Munich.

Pep was quick to shoot any chance of a return down. "I'm not the solution," he said. "There is a lot of great options and I'm sure the right people will make the right decisions to maintain Barca's spot as one of the greatest clubs in the world."

The reporters in attendance then made sure to follow up with Guardiola regarding the recent reports that Joan Laporta was going to run for Barcelona's presidency in 2016, and part of his platform would be bring back Pep and making him the club's sporting director. His Bayern Munich contract would be ending at that point, and he would be free to go wherever he chooses.

Now, when asked about this, Pep didn't completely deny this rumor. In fact, he did nothing of the sort. "Laporta has never said that. You might have read it but it never came out of his mouth." Even though it's not a denial of the rumor, it doesn't seem to be anything that Guardiola is thinking heavily about at this time.

FC Bayern have let Guardiola know that they're willing to discuss a contract extension with him whenever he is prepared to do so. The ball is in Pep's court, but there's enough time remaining that he can juggle it to keep everyone entertained.