Pep Guardiola may not manage any club next year after his contract ends but he could take another sabbatical according to his agent.
Guardiola is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of this season to be replaced by former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, but his next stop is as yet not much clear.
The former Barcelona boss is being targeted by three Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City while several inconclusive reports about an offer by French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been rubbished by the Spanish tactician’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg.
Orobitg recently spoke to L’Equipe giving an hint regarding Guardiola’s future plan: “We have never discussed Pep’s situation and PSG have not asked me anything about his plans.”
“He hasn’t said anything to me. In any case, it’s not something that we are considering at the moment.
“The Premier League is a big possibility. Pep will make a decision in two or three months’ time. Everything remains a possibility, including a sabbatical year.”
However, it would not be the first time the 44-year-old Spanish manager has taken a break after quitting a job.
After he stepped down as Barcelona boss in the 2012 summer, Pep Guardiola spent almost a year in New York to recover, before taking charge of Bayern Munich in 2013.
But with the Chelsea managerial seat vacant this summer, Louis van Gaal on the brink at Manchester United, and Manchester City planning to sack Manuel Pellegrini if Guardiola decides to take charge at Etihad, the high profile Spaniard will find it difficult to take another sabbatical.
The blue part of Manchester right now looks to be the most likely to land Guardiola, where he would be rejoining Barcelona colleagues Txiki Begiristain (director of football) and Ferran Serriano (chief executive officer).
Earlier there were reports from Daily Star suggesting Guardiola demands his next club to sign £100 million-rated former Liverpool striker, currently Barcelona’s main attacking option Luis Suarez. If this report comes true then it really increases the chances of Manchester City, with their staggering financial resources, winning the highly rated transfer battle for the Bayern Munich manager. Not only that, Suarez’s agent happens to be Pere Guardiola – Pep Guardiola’s brother.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was also desperate to temp Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge with a massive contract along with huge spending fee to overhaul the Chelsea squad next summer despite appointing Guus Hiddink as interim manager for the rest of this season. Although Pep has always been the Russian owner’s favourite one to take charge at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich tried to lure him to Chelsea back in 2012 after the Blues won Champions League but Guardiola rejected the offers when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked.