Guardiola confirms Premier League ambition
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he would like to coach in the Premier League one day, Sky Sports has reported, although the former Barcelona trainer insists he has much to achieve with Bayern Munich before he ventures to England.
Guardiola is set to renew his rivalry with Jose Mourinho on Friday evening when Mourinho’s Chelsea meet Guardiola’s Bayern in the UEFA Super Cup, the showpiece match held by European football’s governing body between the Europa League winners, Chelsea, and the Champions League winners, Bayern.
Both sides claimed their trophy under different managers to the one who will lead them out at the Eden Arena, in Prague - Chelsea were led by Rafael Benitez, the club’s interim manager, while Juup Heynckes claimed a treble before retiring, with Guardiola stepping in.
Prior to joining Bayern, Guardiola was linked with a number of high-profile positions in the Premier League, including at Chelsea, and while he resisted the advances on this occasion, he would like to work in England one day. “I am a young trainer at 42, and just four years as a trainer in a professional world,” Guardiola said.
“Before I finish my career, I would like to go to England as a trainer, but in a few years.
“I would like, first of all, to remain as long as possible at this club because it's so important for the people in Munich, in Germany and all the way round the world.”
Guardiola added that his route to Chelsea is closed off because the Blues have appointed a good manager, and that he cannot explain why the Premier League holds such appeal until he has worked within it. “It (the Premier League) appeals to me for the experience, to live that. Just to live,” he said.
“I can't explain to you why because I've not been there. But once I have, I can explain why. But it's fantasy, football fantasy right now.”
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