Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will leave Manchester City at the end of his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2023.
The 50-year-old Spaniard, who joined City in 2016 and has won three Premier League titles, feels he will need a rest after seven years in charge. Thus, this could be his penultimate season in the Etihad Stadium dugout.
And the former Barcelona boss revealed his next ambition is to take charge of a national team.
“Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step,’ he said at an XP Investimentos event, as reported by ESPN on Wednesday.
“After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop. I’m going to have to take a break, see what we’ve done.
“And in the process, I would like to train a South American (team), European, playing a Copa America, I want to have that experience.”
Guardiola took a 12-month break following his departure from Barcelona in 2012 after four years at the Nou Camp, and joined Bayern Munich in 2013.
Guardiola’s comments will come as a further blow to the City hierarchy on the day their pursuit of Harry Kane ended, with the England captain confirming he would be staying at Tottenham this summer.
Kane not joining Man City
In a post on Twitter, Kane said: “It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks.
“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”
On Wednesday, Nuno Espirito Santo held his pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa Conference League tie with Pacos De Ferreira. During it, he relayed how happy Tottenham are to be keeping Kane.
“Great news. Fantastic news for everybody,” he said.
“I think since Harry joined us he has been working so this is what we value. His attitude in training sessions have been great.
“It’s finished; he is going to be with us. He worked today, he is an option for tomorrow. Fantastic news for everybody.
“We are all very happy. One of the best players in the world. We are all delighted to have one more option for the season ahead of us.”