Pep Guardiola tempted by new job with Man City boss 'set to leave' next year after glittering spell in charge

Pep Guardiola tempted by new job with Man City boss 'set to leave' next year after glittering spell in charge

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 27/05/2024

- 09:02

The 52-year-old has won every major trophy during his spell at the Etihad Stadium

International management appeals to Pep Guardiola with the Manchester City boss expected to leave the Etihad Stadium next summer, according to reports.

Guardiola has been in charge of the club ever since replacing Manuel Pellegrini back in 2016.

He has overseen a period of unprecedented Premier League dominance for City in the time since, with the team winning six titles under his watch.

Guardiola has also won the Champions League, too, to establish himself as one of the best managers to work on these shores.

Pep Guardiola Man City

Pep Guardiola is expected to leave Man City in 2025 after a glittering spell in charge


However, all good things must eventually end.

According to the Daily Mail, Guardiola is set to call time on his City career next summer when his current contract expires.

City 'fear' their iconic boss packing his bags amd walking off into the sunset, having won every major trophy possible during his time in the dugout.

When it comes to Guardiola, however, it'll be fascinating to see what he decides to do next.

He has already conquered Spain with Barcelona, with the Catalan titans winning three LaLiga trophies between 2018 and 2012.

Guardiola won three Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich, too, prior to his departure eight years ago.

And with City dominant in England, he's got nothing left to prove when it comes to the Premier League.

According to the report, Guardiola could take a sabbatical before becoming manager of an international team.

He's been linked with England in the past, though previously said in 2018 that he was unlikely to become manager of Spain.

It's also claimed Guardiola may be tempted to manage in Italy, with Serie A currently enjoying a resurgence.

One country he's unlikely to end up working in, however, is France.

Guardiola has reportedly rebuffed the advances of Paris Saint-Germain on several occasions over the years.

And it'll be fascinating to see what happens if, as expected, the Spaniard walks away from City at the end of the season.

Regarding replacements, Guardiola's preferred option would be Roberto De Zerbi.

The Italian did well at Brighton, with the club recently announcing they would be separating after a successful 18-month stint.


Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is tempted by international management with the Man City boss primed to leave next summer


But De Zerbi could end up at Chelsea instead, with the Blues considering the 44-year-old following Mauricio Pochettino's departure.

Xabi Alonso is highly rated behind the scenes, having guided Bayer Leverkusen to a sensational double this term.

Julian Nagelsmann is also an option, while Girona's Michel seems to currently be the frontrunner for the position.

Guardiola, meanwhile, said on Sunday he was unsure about City's plans for the summer as they look to win a fifth league title in a row.

“I don’t know right now. I know some players have to take a decision on whether they stay with us and some players might come," he said.

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has won six Premier League titles with Man City over the years


“My sporting director says everything is fine for next year but, right now, I don’t know what might happen.”

And Guardiola said he was proud of City for what they've achieved this season, adding: “I’m really pleased with the team, how they’ve behaved all season.

“I could not say differently. It was nice to be in this final — unfortunately we lose, but look at what we did in the Prem and the Champions League.

“People say every season we have to win Trebles and Doubles. We are good, but we are not that good.

“We tried [on Saturday], we were there until the end. We lost a game because in finals a lot can happen in moments — mistakes, decisions, and it can influence the game.”

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