Barcelona chief: Pep Guardiola can be our Sir Alex Ferguson

Barcelona president Sandro Rossell is confident Pep Guardiola will enjoy success at the club for many years to come

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Pep Guardiola's current deal expires in June 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

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Barcelona president Sandro Rossell is hoping Pep Guardiola will stay at the Nou Camp and enjoy a similar level of success to that of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Barça coach Guardiola’s future has again been the subject of speculation following the 40-year-old’s apparent refusal to sign anything longer than one-year contract extensions with the Catalan club.

Guardiola, whose current deal expires at the end of this season, has led Barcelona to three La Liga crowns and two Champions League triumphs since taking over from Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

But despite the uncertainty over his future, Rossell is confident that Guardiola will extend his stay and go on to cement his place as one of the club’s greatest ever managers – and even remain in charge longer than Ferguson’s 25 years at Old Trafford.

“I believe that Pep could spend more time here than Alex Ferguson has done at Manchester United,” said Rosell.

“My dream is that Pep will be our Ferguson. Guardiola represents all the characteristics of the Barça movement.

“He has been part of this club from when he was a child and he is now triumphing as a coach. This is very important to our supporters.”

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