Pep Guardiola tipped to become England manager

Former Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho believes Pep Guardiola could end up managing England when he inevitably leaves the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has spoken openly about his desire to become the manager of an international side, admitting he hopes to experience a World Cup, a European Championship or a Copa America before he calls time on his career.

While many have tipped Guardiola to take charge of Spain, former City midfielder Fernandinho believes political issues may get in the way. Guardiola was born and raised in Catalonia, which has long been embroiled in battles for independence from Spain, and Fernandinho believes his former boss may look elsewhere for work.

“It’s hard to say Brazil starts in the lead [for Guardiola’s signature,” Fernandinho told the Denilson Show. “Very difficult to know.

“There’s a chance [he could coach Brazil], but I think there are other teams on par to possibly have Guardiola as a coach in the future. I don’t think Spain. The Catalonia/Spain issue, you know how it is.

“I would believe in England, where he is, knows the players and everything, and maybe Netherlands. His father in football, who is he? [Johan Cruyff].”

Despite the speculation about his future, Guardiola remains committed to City. His current contract runs until 2025 and he has admitted he would be interested in signing an extension.

Recently asked whether his success with City will only ever be truly appreciated after he has left the club, Guardiola laughed: “I don’t want to leave!”

Guardiola’s future has been the subject of real speculation ever since Jurgen Klopp confirmed his decision to walk away from Liverpool as a result of burnout. Klopp took over at Liverpool in October 2015, 11 months before Guardiola moved to England.

“I’m fine,” Guardiola said earlier this year when asked if he is suffering from similar fatigue. “There’s still one more year, I want to do it – and maybe I will extend. I try to manage.”

What we know

  • Guardiola recently confessed his desire to manage an international team
  • Former City midfielder Fernandinho believes England are a viable option
  • 53-year-old’s current contract expires in 2025.

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