Busquets: Pep could learn from Sir Alex

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has called for Pep Guardiola to take a leaf out of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's book, and commit his long-term future to the reigning Spanish and European champions.

Since taking over the reigns at Camp Nou in 2008, the Spaniard has overseen an unprecedented period of success, winning a total of 13 trophies - the latest of which coming in last month's FIFA Club World Cup victory over Santos.

Guardiola was an iconic player for Barcelona during the 1990s, and has continued his love affair with the Catalan club in an affluent coaching capacity.

However, the 40-year-old has always appeared reluctant to commit his long-term future to the reigning La Liga and European champions, choosing to sign rolling one-year contracts.

That decision means that on an annual basis there is always a round of speculation that surrounds Guardiola's future - and having been touted as the long-term successor to Ferguson at Old Trafford, rumours are starting to gather pace.

Having assembled one of the greatest ever club sides, it seems almost unfeasible that Guardiola would leave Barcelona, even for a club such as Manchester United.

Busquets meanwhile, has called for an end to the ongoing speculation by calling for his fellow Spaniard to sign a long-term contract, and like the Red Devils boss - now in his 26th year at Manchester United - continue to build a lasting legacy of his own in his homeland.

"I hope he stays here for a long time," said the 23-year-old. "Not only for the good of this team, but for the good of the club.

"It would be great if he were a Ferguson-type of manager."

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