Pep Guardiola has claimed it could be two years before he manages a club in the Premier League
Guardiola revealed earlier this year he would leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season because he wanted to manage in England’s top flight.
His refusal to disclose his preferred destination fuelled speculation over whether he would replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, United’s Louis van Gaal, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.
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However, in a further twist to the guessing game over the Catalonian’s next job, Guardiola has now admitted his move to England may not happen for two years – or that it might not happen at all.
“When I sign a contract I will announce it immediately,” said the former Barcelona boss.
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“Maybe it will be two years until I will coach a team in England. 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.”
Guardiola previously took a year’s break from football before moving to the Bavarian capital from the Nou Camp.
Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year deal to replace Guardiola,
Bundesliga leaders Bayern, who have already confirmed Carlo Ancelotti will succeed Guardiola, return from the winter break against Hamburg on Friday 22 January.
The defending champions have an eight-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.