Pep Guardiola has for the first time publically confirmed his desire to manage in the Premier League, the Guardian has reported, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City the clubs most interested in the Catalan’s revelation.
Guardiola has been on sabbatical in New York since resigning his post at Barcelona at the end of last season, bringing an end to four years in charge at the Camp Nou that brought three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, two Copa del Reys, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cup prizes.
The rumour mill has consistently linked Guardiola with a move to England ever since he stepped down from Barca, with Chelsea mentioned often in connection with the 41-year-old. The Guardian claims the Blues are one of three teams in English football monitoring Guardiola’s next step, with Roman Abramovich still keen to appoint the former Spain international at Stamford Bridge one day.
But Abramovich faces competition from Manchester United, who have placed Guardiola at the top of their short-list to one day succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, while Manchester City are stocked with former Barcelona executives and could move for Guardiola at the end of the season if the services of Roberto Mancini are dispensed with, the newspaper adds. Guardiola has also been linked with jobs at Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Bayern Munich.
Guardiola, speaking ahead of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebration that begins on Wednesday, said: “I’ve always found English football very fascinating, for the environment, the crowd and the supporters. In Italy, Latin people will support you when you are playing and when you lose, they kill you.
“In England I’m always surprised that people always support everything and that is nice. That’s why, maybe, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there.”
He continued: “As a player, I couldn’t realise my dream to play there. But I hope in the future I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there.
“It is unique, to play in that league. The support is amazing. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players and everything. I am still young, just 41, so I hope in the future I could be able to train there and enjoy that.”
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