Sergio Busquets, the Barça player who balances the midfield of one of the best teams in soccer history, might be succumbing to temptation. The guy responsible for this transfer would be an old favorite of the Catalan player: Josep “Pep” Guardiola, the current manager of Bayern Munich, who recently announced his move to Manchester City for the incoming season.
Busquets, 27, confessed that he would be very honored to work with his mentor again. “It’s clear that I owe Pep a lot,” he told ESPN Deportes. The Catalan player also said that there are only two people in the world who could change his decision to stay with Barça forever: his wife and Pep, of course.
Guardiola met Busquets when he led Barça B in 2007. He immediately recognized Sergio’s skills because he played the same position his entire career. That 2007-2008 season was the defensive midfielder’s first with Guardiola, and since then, Busquets has become one of the key players for the Blaugranas on the first team, including during its golden age. Between 2008 and 2012, both won 14 titles together, including three Liga titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, and also two FIFA Club World Club championships.
Busquets said that Guardiola knows that it is probably best for him to stay at Barça. “I don’t think he will ask me to leave.” On Tuesday, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said that the new Citizens manager is not a menace for his players, and that the Sergio transfer rumors are really a question for the player and his ex-teammate.
The midfielder has a contract with Barcelona until 2019, but who really knows? Guardiola needs to strengthen his new team in order to win the English Premier League. The last championship the Citizens won was in 2012, and its owner, the wealthy Sheikh Mansour, wants his second title, whatever the cost. If there’s one thing we know about soccer today, it’s that money is the master of the game.