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Roma chief Baldini admits offering job to Barcelona coach Guardiola

New AS Roma director general Franco Baldini admits they offered the coaching job to Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Baldini made the revelation yesterday at his unveiling.

"I had a word with Guardiola," stated Baldini. "I asked him if he fancied taking a step towards Roma. He responded by saying perhaps in a few years' time…"

After much pondering, Roma eventually decided to replace Vincenzo Montella with Barcelona B boss Luis Enrique.

"I liked him from the start," said the man who has worked alongside Fabio Capello for the English national side. "I instantly adored him as a person and the facts are proving me right.

"This is his first real experience, but he is talented and he has to make his own mistakes. He's going to be a great Coach.

"I want him to be that immediately and he has all the characteristics to do so. We now have to give him the elements to succeed."

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