Pep Guardiola will seek a return to football next summer after the former Barcelona Coach ends his sabbatical from the game, with the
Guardiola was approached by Chelsea this summer after he left Barcelona but before Roberto Di Matteo was appointed on a permanent basis. However, the two-time Champions League winner was adamant he needed a break from management and moved to New York with his family.
Nevertheless, the 41-year-old is said to have confirmed to his advisers that he has pencilled in the summer of 2013 as his return date, with Stamford Bridge the location if everything falls into place. Guardiola is understood to be impressed with the change in Chelsea’s style of play following the departure of Didier Drogba and the signings of Eden Hazard and Oscar.
Manchester City could yet complicate matters as pressure grows on Roberto Mancini. The Mail claims Mancini’s position is safe as long as City are in the Champions League, but should the Premier League champions be eliminated at the group stage, questions will be asked at the Etihad Stadium. City have recently appointed two former Barcelona executives, each with a pre-existing relationship with Guardiola.
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