Sport Barca presidential candidate wants Guardiola back and Messi to stay
Messi could adapt to any league but staying at Barca is 'romantic' - Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta says there is no doubt Lionel Messi could flourish away from Barcelona, yet he does not want him to leave.There was a time when the idea of Messi, Barca's all-time leading goalscorer, departing Camp Nou would have been unthinkable.
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to lure Pep Guardiola back from Manchester City and vowed to keep Lionel Messi at the club.
Josep Maria Bartomeu quit as president at Camp Nou on Tuesday, ahead of a vote of no confidence against his leadership, along with the entire board of directors.
Following Bartomeu's decision to quit it has been reported Barcelona's presidential elections will be held in the second week of January, with Font tipped to be one of the frontrunners.
Font, 48, claimed that if he wins the vote he will seek to bring Guardiola back as head coach, get other big-name ex-players involved, and ensure Argentina international Messi stays.
Barcelona 'resigned to losing Lionel Messi to Manchester City'
The 33-year-old was on the verge of quitting after becoming disillusioned with Barcelona's stuttering form and controversial leadership - but had been prevented from walking away.The 33-year-old was on the verge of quitting in the recent window after becoming disillusioned with Barcelona's stuttering form and controversial leadership - but had been prevented from walking away due to the prospect of a court battle.
Guardiola enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in charge of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, winning LaLiga three times and the Champions League trophy twice.
Messi, meanwhile, had expressed a desire to leave Barca in August only to reverse his decision to avoid a legal dispute, but his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Font told Sky Sports: "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation.
"And most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol.
"They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barca today - we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.
"The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.
"We have no doubt that if we basically have the honour to take the helm of Barcelona, we will be able to achieve that."
Barcelona are currently 12th in LaLiga after a slow start to the season under new boss Ronald Koeman, who was only appointed as Quique Setien's successor in August.
Barca face BANKRUPTCY by January unless they cut enormous wage bill .
Barcelona are now entering financial crisis territory and run the risk of bankruptcy in January of next year, according to reports in Spain. The Spanish giants have an eye-watering wage bill which is crippling the club and is said to be in urgent need of cutting by around £170million.Today talks have begun with the legal representatives of the first team players regarding the ongoing situation and their current salaries, as report Spain-based EsportsRAC.