Ex-Barca president Laporta has spoken of his desire to be reunited with the current Man City boss Guardiola.
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed his plans to run in the LaLiga club’s presidential elections next year.
Laporta, who was Barca’s president between 2003-2010, also admitted that he would like to return to the Camp Nou with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Laporta, 57, named Guardiola as Frank Rijkaard’s successor at Barcelona in 2008, and the Spanish coach went on to win two Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles during his four-year stint at the Camp Nou.
Guardiola's contract at City expires in June 2021, and with City facing a two-year European ban for breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules - though they have appealed - Guardiola's future at the Etihad remains in doubt.
Speaking to Catalan station TV3 on Monday, Laporta said:: “I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barça again.
“At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barca coach from 2021.”
Laporta also discussed the possibility of bringing ex-Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi, who recently declared he is willing to coach the Blaugrana.
"Xavi is already coaching and he'll decide when it's the right time for him to be the Barça coach," Laporta added.
"Coaching team-mates that you've played with can't be easy. He'll know when the time is right."