FC Barcelona president on Lionel Messi exit talk, Paul Pogba and Pep Guardiola coaching return


Guardiola, whose stock has risen with stints at title-winning stints at Bayern Munich and now with Manchester City, sensationally left the Blaugrana back in 2012 - citing fatigue in a high-pressure environment as his reasoning.

However, the Spaniard suggested last week that he'd be open to returning to La Masia, in order to coach where his career began in the club's reserve side.

"He's a genius and the doors of his home are open for whenever he wants to come," Bartomeu said in an interview with The Times. "The other day I read that he would like to take over La Masia in the future, which seems perfect to me.

"That is what we offered him when he said he wanted to leave because he said he was tired of the pressure, so his return would be great news."

On Messi will and the recent links of Internazionale brewing;v"He doesn't want to leave and our project is to turn him into a one-club man and surround him with great players.

And with Paul Pogba's relationship with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho continuing to deteriorate in Manchester, Bartomeu was asked if they would sign the Frenchman.

"I think Pogba will continue at United for a long time."