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The Blaugrana icon feels a lack of Champions League football for the Blues and fights for consistency in Catalunya, could deliver a notable reunion.

Manchester City’s two-year prohibit from the Champions League can lead Pep Guardiola back to Barcelona, States Rivaldo.

The Blues have been stung by UEFA sanctions after allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

An appeal is being readied in the Etihad Stadium, with City adamant they’ve done nothing wrong.

It remains to be seen whether they’ll be cleared, but questions are already being asked of the future of important characters on and off the field.

Guardiola has seen a movement mooted, as he’s yet to commit to a new contract beyond 2021, but the Catalan has shown no sign he is searching for a way out.

Rivaldo considers that the situation could change if City are prevented from entering the European contest and Barca continue to fight for consequences under Quique Setien.

The Blaugrana legend told Betfair :”Manchester City have been banned by the Champions League for two seasons for failing to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. City is attractive however, the case should be a warning to all clubs which rules must be obeyed.

“If City does overlook a couple of decades of Champions League soccer, then it may be a terrific opportunity for Pep Guardiola to return to Barcelona next year. However, it would depend on the club’s performance until the end of the season.

“If Barca win the Champions League this year under Quique Setien and generate a nice finish to the effort in La Liga, there will not be any reasons to get a managerial change.

“However, if the team does not fulfill expectations and disappoints their lovers, then maybe there’s a real probability of seeing Guardiola back in the club where he had been successful.

“It is still too early to seriously look at that possibility and we have to wait until the end of the season.

“Will City’s suspension is upheld? Will Barca want to modify the trainer again so soon after Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde? We’ll need to wait around for some time to determine the answers to these fascinating questions.”

One piece of business that’s been finished by Barcelona is a crisis transport deal for Martin Braithwaite, together with the experienced striker snapped up from Leganes.

Questions are asked of why these moves are permitted to occur outside the set windows, together with the Blaugrana leaving a national rival brief in an important region of the field, and Rivaldo is struggling to comprehend the logic behind this agreement.

The Brazilian added: “Martin Braithwaite has joined Barcelona from Leganes, a small team that’s fighting to avoid relegation and which may be severely harmed by losing the participant.

“With all the respect to Braithwaite, who seems like he owns caliber, I thought Barca should signal a younger player. If Braithwaite, who is 28, has signed for 18m euros he must be a regular starter, attempting to substitute [Luis] Suarez permanently.

“I did not agree with this move for a few reasons: it had been created after the deadline and Barcelona could have encouraged young players into the senior squad instead.

“Furthermore, the group is improving lately and enjoying better, so that I really don’t see reasons to catch an attacker that, again with respect, I doubt could be the player the club needs today.”