El Confidencial: Pep Guardiola sounded out for political role in Catalonia

The Manchester City coach has been linked with a role in the Catalan government

Guardiola tiene contrato hasta 2021 con el City
Guardiola tiene contrato hasta 2021 con el City | efe

Artur Mas has reportedly sounded Pep Guardiola out for a potential role in the Catalan government in the upcoming elections. According to El Confidencial, there has been contact between the Manchester City coach and JxCAT with the idea of him running. 

In this sense, El Confidencial point to comments made by Artur Mas on the show 'Los desayunos de TVE' on Sept. 12 when he said: "I have a candidate in mind, someone that doesn't have too much tradition in politics." 

JxCAT are looking to make a statement at the upcoming elections to change the trend which has seen ERC favoured in the polls so far. 

Guardiola has a contract with City until 2021, but according to the report, he could end his link with the Premier League champions a year early, in 2020. 

The coach has not referred, so far, to these reports. However, he has positioned himself strongly against the ruling which saw nine Catalan political leaders jailed last week. He has always supported the region's right to self-determination. 

"I have personal friends that are going to spend nine years in jail for voting. For asking to vote [over independence]. And there are thousands of people that are peacefully going to support them. Europe must step forward and help us resolve this conflict," Pep said. 

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