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MADRID - Barcelona are resigned to rival clubs' interest in luring away coach Pep Guardiola but want to persuade him to extend his contract, president Joan Laporta said yesterday.
The former Spain and Barca midfielder, who turned 39 yesterday, has yet to commit to a new deal that would keep him with the European champions beyond this season and his agent was quoted as saying in yesterday's Sport newspaper that he has received offers from six clubs.
"We cannot avoid interest from other clubs because at the moment he is the best coach in the world," Laporta said yesterday.
"I think he has much to achieve at Barca. Regarding the contract renewal, we want to get it done as soon as possible but we understand that he wants time to reflect."
Laporta said on Saturday that Guardiola, who led the club to an unprecedented six trophies last year, should decide by the beginning of April whether he planned to stay.
Laporta is not allowed to stand for another term as president and is due to step down around the end of June, prompting speculation in the Spanish media that Guardiola is waiting to see who becomes the new president before he commits to the club. - Reuters