Pep Guardiola has confirmed the Premier League will be his next destination when he leaves Bayern Munich. ‘That’s why I won’t extend my contract.’
Guardiola confirmed in late 2015 that he was to step down from his post at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, with former Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti named as his replacement, but the ex-Barcelona trainer insists he hasn’t signed with anyone.
“I have the opportunity to work in England. I think I’m the right age and I think it’s the right decision for me. I haven’t decided on any club. When I have, I’ll let you know,” he said, AS reports.
“If I was as old as Jupp Heynckes was in his final season, I would have stayed. But I’m still young enough, only 44, and I want a new challenge now. That’s why I’m not extending my contract.
“Three years is enough. I don’t feel comfortable being at a club for 30 years. I want new restaurants, a new city, a new challenge.
“When I arrived in Munich, people asked me: ‘Why Germany and not England?’ I want to experience the emotions there. That is my instinct at the moment.”
AS suggest that, despite Guardiola insisting he hasn’t made a decision about his next post, he has reached an agreement with Manchester City to replace Manuel Pellegrini.
The report also claims, though, that he could still be swayed by potential approaches from Chelsea and Manchester United, currently led by Guus Hiddink and Louis Van Gaal, Guardiola’s former Barca Coach.