Johan Cruyff says Pep Guardiola's decision to move to New York is allowing the former Barcelona manager to think about his future, as he is linked with moves to Manchester City and Manchester United.

Guardiola quit as Barcelona boss at the end of last season in order to take some time away from football, but both Manchester City and Manchester United are reported to be keen to acquire his services.

It was claimed last week that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had informed the Old Trafford hierarchy that Guardiola would be his choice as a replacement, when the Scot retires from his post.

Manchester City, meanwhile, encouraged speculation that Guardiola could move to the Etihad Stadium following the appointment of former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain.

The ex-Barcelona winger is a trusted friend of Guardiola, and would surely play a pivotal role should the former Spain international join Manchester City.

Having won 14 major honours during his four years as Barcelona manager, Guardiola is hardly likely to be short of offers as he spends time away from the game.

And, says Cruyff, Guardiola's move to New York - where he is relatively unknown - allows the 41-year-old to give more consideration to his future.

"Pep lives in the USA now because he had four very intense years as coach of Barcelona," he told reporters.

"He wanted some distance from football. In New York, he can walk around without being recognised so that he can think about his future."

Despite being away from the spotlight in the Big Apple, Guardiola has still been a man in demand.

According to ESPN, Manchester United chief executive David Gill and a member of the Glazer family met with Guardiola on the club's pre-season tour to the USA in the summer.

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