Pep Guardiola will fulfil a lifelong dream to manage in England when he steps out at the Etihad Stadium for the first time next August.
The Spaniard will become Manchester City’s manager in the summer and, though he hasn’t commented on the matter, revealed in 2013 his ambition to one day become a Premier League manager.
Guardiola will leave current club Bayern Munich to replace Manuel Pellegrini. The 45-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Sky Blues.
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In an interview tweeted by the FA’s official account on Monday, Guardiola admitted his longing to experience life as a manager in England.
He said: “As a player, I couldn’t realise my dream to play there.
“But I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a manager or a coach there and feel the experience of all the coaches and all the players that have been there.”
Guardiola’s finest moment in England came in 2011 when his Barcelona side beat Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final at Wembley.
Plan to dominate
He has the opportunity to heap more misery on the Red Devils by taking over a City side that is prepared to give him all the money he needs to dominate not just England, but Europe.
On his love affair with the Premier League, he added: “It is unique, to play in that league.
“I’ve always found English football very fascinating, just for the environment, the crowd and the supporters. The support of the home team is pretty amazing.
“In Italy, Latin people, when you are playing they will support you but when you lose, they kill you.
“In England, I’m always surprised that people support everything and that’s so nice. That is why maybe in the future I’ll have the challenge or the opportunity to train there.”
Guardiola’s last visit to England was in October, when his Bayern side were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in the Champions League group stage. There’s every chance he will meet his new side at some point in the knockout stages of the competition.
City have pulled off a coup by appointing the former Barcelona manager. In his seven years managing at the highest level, he has won three La Liga titles, two Spanish cups, two Bundesliga titles (and is well on his way to a third) and the Champions League twice.
Guardiola revealed his interest in managing in England last year when he announced his impending departure from Bayern and the news will come as a blow to Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, all of whom were reportedly interesting in appointing him.