Chelsea's Pep Guardiola link forces Barcelona into offering five-year contract for coach

02 December 2010 11:57
Barcelona have brought forward talks with head coach Pep Guardiola and want to tie him to a five-year deal amid links to Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Suggestions that Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich is lining up Guardiola as a potential replacement for Carlo Ancelotti amid an unsettling few weeks in west London.

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The Camp Nou boss would only sign a one-year contract when Sandro Roselltook over as president in the summer and is reluctant to tie himself toa lengthy deal with the Spanish champions.

Barca don't want a repeat of last summer's situation where his contract ran down right to the last few days before he signed on again.

As well as Chelsea, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is said to be considering him in case Rafa Benitez cannot turn around the European champions after a lacklustre start.

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Reports in Catalonia say Rosell has pencilled in talks with Guardiola after the weekend game against Osasuna and will they meet again at the start of the Christmas break in La Liga.

Barcelona-based Sport newspaper say both sides are keen to come to a quick agreement, though it remains to be seen whether Guardiola - a keen admirer of the English game - will accept the length of the deal.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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