That’s led to increasing speculation regarding the future of long-serving boss Arsene Wenger, who only signed a new two-year contract in north London last summer but could see his time at the club ended prematurely.
“There has been interest from clubs, but it has to be something that really excites me. There’s no other club where I’ll be able to work with better players than at Barca.”
“Maybe a lot of people were surprised [when I left Barcelona]. It’s difficult to understand, with the best players in the world. But I was very clear [that the time was right]. In fact, I don’t regret it at all.”
“Coaching Barca involved dedicating all your energy to the team, the club and the players. When you see the end is coming, you have to take it in, accept it and communicate it. There’s nothing else you can do. Coaching the [Spanish] national team would be great, but we’ve got [Julen] Lopetegui right now, who is doing a brilliant job.”