Asked about the future of Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola, Barcelona presidential candidate Sandro Rosell has said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC 1 that he would want Guardiola to stay for the full length of his mandate:
"If I'm elected as president, I would like to sign Guardiola for many years because the stability regarding the coach also gives stability to the club, as well as economic stability. Because a new coach always asks to sign several players and wants some others out which has a negative effect on the finances of the club.
I would like it a lot if he would be in charge for the next six years and that will in fact be the first thing that we will propose to him. Starting from there, you will need to sit down and talk since you should know how the other party sees it, what his demands are and how motivated he is to start a period of six years. But whatever the outcome is, I don't have any doubt we will reach very quickly a deal with Pep."
Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo had earlier said that Rosell would offer Guardiola a contract for the total period of the president's term in office, that would bind Barcelona for six years but that would give Guardiola the chance to renew his stay at the club year by year.
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