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Barca hoping for positive Pep response

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Javier Faus is hoping Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola decides to stay at the club this summer and sign a new one-year deal at the Nou Camp.

The Barca manager, who only ever signs one-year extensions in Catalonia, is yet to commit to a new deal with the Spanish and European champions, sparking feverish speculation over a possible exit at the end of the season.

However, club vice president Faus is expecting a decision from the former Spain international midfielder in the coming weeks, and is hoping to hear positive news from Guardiola after a period of incredible success during his three-and-a-half years in charge.

"We want Pep to stay here for many years. We will know his decision in a couple of weeks, we hope his response will be positive," SkySports report he told Barca's official website.

Since taking the helm in 2008, Guardiola has led his side to three consecutive La Liga titles, but appears to be facing his toughest challenge this season with Real Madrid leading the way.

Despite a 3-1 El Clasico win at the Santiago Bernabeu in December, Barca trail Jose Mourinho's side by five points, a gap that wasn't closed last night when the 4-1 win over Malaga was equalled by Madrid in their win against Athletic Bilbao.

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