Sunday 19 November 2017

'Maybe it will be two years until I will coach a team in England' - Pep Guardiola continues to play footsie with Manchester clubs

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola

Tom Rooney

While the Bayern Munich boss has confirmed that his next posting will be in England, he continues to fan the flames of speculation by sending mixed signals to an extensive list of admirers.

In the immediate aftermath of the former Barcelona coach revealing that he would not be extending his stay in Germany beyond the end of the current campaign, it was widely assumed that Manchester City would appoint Guardiola as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor.

Yet, his most recent remarks suggest that City may have to bide their time.

“When I sign a contract I will announce it immediately. Maybe it will be two years until I will coach a team in England,” he said.

City have been waiting patiently to acquire his services and, with ex Barcelona board members, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, now on their payroll, it appeared a forgone conclusion they would do so.

However, Guardiola remains unattached, and Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are thought to be in the race for his signature to varying degrees. Though United have publicly stated that Louis Van Gaal will see out the remainder of is three-year contract.

If the 44-year-old does have a preferred choice as to where he’ll manage next, he’s being exceedingly coy about it.

“I am very happy about my experience in Munich. I am working until my last second here. After that I will go home and wait to see if it is possible to move to England or not. If it’s not, then I won’t.”

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