Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has apologised for going public on his desire to manage in the Premier League next season.
The Spaniard claimed he “normally respects his colleagues” but was “sorry” for revealing he was leaving Bayern and that he fancied experiencing the English top flight in his next role.
“I want to manage in the Premier League,” said Guardiola earlier this month. But the 44-year-old, who announced in December he would be leaving Munich at the end of the season, said it was not his intention to put current managers under pressure by his recent announcement.
Speaking at Bayern’s winter training camp in Doha, he said: “I am sorry. It was not my intention to offend anybody.
“Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot.”
Guardiola still refused to be drawn on who his possible future employers could be, saying he would only name them after putting pen to paper on the contract.
“I don’t know. Of course I’m focused on Bayern Munich, but this doesn’t change the fact that I will be training a team next season,” he added.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with Guardiola, who won 13 trophies as Barcelona manager from 2008 until 2012.