Pep Guardiola's decision to return to management with Bayern Munich this summer has received the thumbs up from his former club Barcelona.

Guardiola, currently on a year-long sabbatical after leaving Barca last summer, looked to have his pick of some of Europe's biggest clubs with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, AC Milan, Roma and Paris St Germain all linked to his services.

However, it was Bayern who won the race for the 41-year-old, announcing he had signed a three-year deal and would be taking over at the end of the season when current manager Jupp Heynckes retires. Tito Vilanova, Guardiola's assistant during four record-breaking years at Barca before being installed as his successor last year, said: "I didn't know where he was going, I didn't know anything."

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