Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hailed Kelechi Iheanacho’s new manager at Manchester City Pep Guardiola as a genius.
Guardiola led Bayern Munich to a fourth-straight Bundesliga title thanks to a 2-1 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday and Bartomeu lauded the 45-year-old, who led the Catalan giants to three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumph before joining the Bavarians.
“Pep is a genius who wants to safely change many things in Manchester,” he told the Hamburger Abendblatt.
“Carlo [Ancelotti, incoming Bayern coach], however, is an intelligent coach and clever enough to keep the good things and add his own elements.”
Guardiola’s move to the Premier League has led to suggestions he may try and convince some of his former players to join him.
But Bartomeu is unconcerned by City potentially going after multiple Barca stars.
“We don’t have any fear at all. Our players are very happy to be here,” he said.
“I am delighted for [City sporting director] Txiki Begiristain who was with us for many years. He and Guardiola will form a strong duo.”
Barcelona are on the verge of retaining their La Liga crown after a comprehensive 5-0 derby win over Espanyol to give them 88points, just one point above closest rivals Real Madrid with only one game left to the end of the season.