Guardiola: I'd vote for Piqué as Barcelona president

Former Barça head coach Pep Guardiola has given his backing to Gerard Piqué's ambitions of one day assuming the club presidency.

Guardiola: I'd vote for Piqué as Barcelona president

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has backed Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué as a future president of the current LaLiga champions.

Piqué keen on club presidency 

In October, 29-year-old Piqué spoke of his ambitions of becoming Camp Nou chief after his playing career has come to a close.

Piqué returned to Barcelona when Guardiola was appointed first-team coach in 2008.

And in recent days it has emerged that he had a role in Barça's new sponsorship deal with Rakuten, helping to set up the club's initial contact with the Japanese firm.

Pep: "I'd vote for Piqué"

Speaking ahead of City's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Guardiola was asked whether the Spain cap - who has announced his intention to retire from international football in 2018 - would make a good Barcelona president.

"I'd vote for him," replied the Catalan outfit's legendary former player and coach.

Pair enjoyed trophy-laden time together at Barcelona

Guardiola worked with Piqué throughout his successful spell as Barça boss between 2008 and 2012, during which Los Azulgranas' trophy haul included three LaLigas, two Copas del Rey, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups.