Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will take over a Premier League club when he returns to football next year, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Guardiola stepped away from the game last summer after four years in charge of Barcelona, during which he became the most successful coach in the club’s history.

The 41-year-old guided Barcelona to three consecutive La Liga titles as well as two Champions League crowns, before stepping down at the Nou Camp citing fatigue.

His future has been hotly speculated over in recent months as a number of clubs vie for his services, including AC Milan and Bayern Munich, along with a host of English clubs.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Guardiola has hit heart set on the Premier League after missing out on the chance to ply his trade in England during his playing years and told his agent and brother of his intentions during their recent visit to New York, where the Spanish coach is currently living.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are the clubs reportedly interested in landing Guardiola at the end of the season.

Chelsea are believed to be the keenest of the three and want Guardiola to take over at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, in place of current interim boss Rafa Benitez despite reports today that the Spaniard could extend his stay in west London beyond the end of the season.

Chelsea are believed to have approached Guardiola twice but have failed to lure him away from his sabbatical, most recently when Roberto di Matteo was sacked.

Manchester City’s faltering title defence and Champions League exit has heaped pressure on Roberto Mancini, while Sir Alex Ferguson could be nearing retirement at Old Trafford, although he has given no indication that he is willing to walk away from the Red Devils at the end of the season after 27 years in charge.

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