Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has admitted it would be a lie to say that his club did not entertain the thought about bringing Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Stadium.
The former Barcelona boss has been linked with a move to the Old Lady after the current campaign, but the Bianconeri chief has hinted that the City tactician will stay “where he is”.
“It would be a heresy to say that nobody thinks of Guardiola,” Agnelli told Radio24. “Right now, he is extremely happy where he is. If I’m happy where I am, it’s unlikely that I would leave.”
Guardiola’s future has recently been questioned again after City were handed a two-year ban from European football by UEFA, a charge they are fighting.
But the Spaniard insists he will not leave the club, unless he is sacked, as City go in search of their first Champions League title when they take on Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday night.
Liverpool’s relentless drive towards the Premier League title has left the Champions League as City’s main focus, with Guardiola desperate to bring European success to the Etihad before he does eventually move on.
Meanwhile, City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne believes his side will be labelled as failures again if they are eliminated by Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Madrid have lost top spot in LaLiga following a draw against Celta de Vigo and defeat at Levante, following on from their Copa del Rey exit earlier this month.
However, City’s hopes of retaining their title are already over, given their 22-point gap to leaders Liverpool, leaving the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s main priority – especially given their upcoming two-year ban from all European competition. Read more…