Pep Guardiola’s name has been linked to the Premier League ever since the Bayern Munich boss announced his intentions to leave the club at the end of the season - and it seems Manchester City’s players are now pondering life under Guardiola.
City are favourites to appoint the Spaniard and Joe Hart has admitted it would be a “pleasure” to play for the former Barcelona boss.
It would mean ending Manuel Pellegrini’s contract early and Hart stressed that he isn’t desperate for Guardiola to replace the Chilean.
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“I’m happy under the manager I’m with at the moment for both club and country,” the England goalkeeper told CNN.
“I’m pleased to work for them. I’m glad that they’ve picked me as their goalkeeper so I’m happy as I am.
“I’m sure he [Guardiola] would be a pleasure to play under but right now I’m than happy to play under Manuel and Roy [Hodgson].”
It is to City’s credit that they are still involved in all four competitions and haven’t let the constant talk of Guardiola’s supposedly imminent arrival affect their season.
The Bayern boss even apologised to Premier League managers for putting them under pressure by announcing his plan to move to England.
Referring to the speculation, Hart added: “It’s unavoidable, we all see it, we’re not stupid.
“All of us are in the mindset that stuff goes on around us but our goal is to win things and be involved in the moment.”
Pellegrini may be ousted from the position he landed in 2013 even if he wins multiple trophies.
According to journalist Guillem Balague, Guardiola has agreed to join City and will sign a contract once it’s not possible for Bayern to face City in the Champions League.
With Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly interested in his signature, whichever team lands the 45-year-old will be instant favourites to win next year’s Premier League title.
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