The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

Football: Barca warn Guardiola against trying to poach their players


MADRID (REUTERS) - Barcelona have warned former coach Pep Guardiola not to try to lure away any of their players when he finally decides which club he is going to coach next season.

He became Barca's most successful coach, leading them 14 trophies in four years, before stepping down last May to take a year's sabbatical, and there has been a buzz of media speculation in recent days on where he might return to work.

"For all Barca fans, it will be tough to see Pep coaching another team but we will get used to it," Barca president Sandro Rosell told Spanish radio station RAC.1.

"I hope he focuses his attentions on other players, and not ours, when it comes to building his new project."