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Guardiola 'dream' is to be a national manager


Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has a 'dream' of managing in international football - but says it is unlikely to be with Spain.

The Manchester City boss won 47 caps for Spain as a player and captained the country to a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

He has won 27 trophies as a club manager at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.

Guardiola, 47, is signed to City until 2021 having agreed a contract extension during the summer but, long term, taking charge of a national side in a major tournament appeals.

Yet Guardiola dismissed the suggestion he will coach Spain. "I think that is not going to happen," he said, speaking before City's Premier League clash with Fulham today.

He did not elaborate why, although in the past Guardiola has made no secret of the fact that he is a proud Catalan.

Last season he was fined by the FA for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.

Guardiola, who was linked with the Argentina job in the summer, said: "In our lives we have dreams of what we'd like to do in the future, but it doesn't mean it's going to happen.

"I would like to play a World Cup and a European Championship. I would like to live that situation. When I see the World Cup, I think I would like to be there. I had just one chance to do it as a player.

"In eight, 12, 14 years maybe it could happen. It's just a dream I have as a manager and a person. Maybe it happens, maybe it doesn't."

The recent international break has again seen City winger Leroy Sane in the headlines over his slow start to the new season.

The German winger, 22, has not yet started in the Premier League this term and was omitted from City's squad completely for their last game against Newcastle.

This has come after he was left out of Germany's World Cup squad in the summer and international team-mate Toni Kroos has also questioned the player's attitude.

But Guardiola said: "It's normal after what happened last season that people ask about him. His body language is the same as last season and he was the best young player in the league.

"Leroy was so important, is so important, and will be so important for the club. There's no doubt about that."

Guardiola also stressed youngster Phil Foden's time will come after suggestions some more appearances for City could accelerate his pathway into Gareth Southgate's England team.

"I don't feel the pressure about that," Guardiola said. "I feel the pressure to win the games. We do our best, I do my best.

"I think Phil is ready - he's here. If he wasn't ready, he wouldn't be here.

"He's special, his work ethic is excellent, he will have a lot of minutes this season and after that Gareth has his own decision."