Spanish media have announced that former Barcelona 'Dream Team' captain Pep Guardiola will replace Frank Rijkaard as the Catalan club coach next season. Local-born Guardiola made his name during the club's golden age in the early 1990s.
Newspapers said that
Barcelona-based daily Sport said the decision would be ratified by the rest of the board and made official at the end of the season.
The club has said it will not comment on possible changes until the season is over.
Rijkaard, whose contract runs to 2009, has denied reports he will step down as coach in the wake of the team's failure to win any silverware over the past two seasons.
Local-born Guardiola made his name at
He quickly established himself as a favourite at the Nou Camp and became one of the key players in Cruyff's so-called "Dream team" which won four consecutive league titles between 1991 and 1994 and the European Cup in 1992.
He was part of the
He served a four-month ban but strenuously denied any offence and went through the courts to clear his name, finally winning his case in October last year.
After spells in
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