Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has urged the club to bring back Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

The Blaugrana have endured a difficult last few weeks, being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, and also, seemingly, out of the title following a defeat to Granada.

But ahead of the Copa del Rey final this evening against Real Madrid, the Dutch great has claimed that the best thing the Camp Nou outfit can do is re-hire the Bayern Munich boss.

“The best thing for Barcelona is for Guardiola to come back,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“If Joan Laporta became president again I’d say that the best thing to do is to sign Pep, and as an intelligent person, I’m sure he would.”

Cruyff then went on to comment on the behind-the-scenes fiasco that has derailed the team this season, with former president Sandro Rosell standing down following the Neymar affair, and the club being banded from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of flouting rules on under-18s.

“Those who know what to do are not the decision makers, it’s those who want to take advantage of the football business.

“When Laporta was the President, he left those who knew football like [former director of football] Txiki Begiristain and Frank Rijkaard and then Pep to make football decisions.

“Everyone can make mistakes, but they knew football motivated their decisions and Laporta was dedicated to being the president and protecting them.

“That’s why it worked. There were good and bad moments, but overall it was a great step for both sides.”