Guardiola encourages Premier League suitors

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Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea managerial target Pep Guardiola has revealed a desire to take charge of a top Premier League club at some point.

Guardiola stepped down as manager of Barcelona last summer after leading the Camp Nou club to 14 trophies in four seasons to take a year-long sabbatical in New York.

He is now looking to return to management and has been linked with succeeding all of Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Rafael Benitez at Chelsea and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Roman Abramovich is reportedly desperate to hire the former Spain international but he, as well as officials at Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, will reportedly have to fight off the interest of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

However, the Premier League clubs’ pursuit will have been boosted by comments made by Guardiola in a message for the FA’s 150th year celebrations this week.

The 41-year-old claims he wanted to experience England in his playing days but was unable to and hoped to rectify this as a coach.

“I’ve always found English football very fascinating, just for the environment, the crowd and the supporters,” he told the FA’s official website.

“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 coach or a manager there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there.

“It is unique, to play in that league. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players and everything.

“I am still young, just 41, so I hope in the future I could be able to train there and enjoy that.”

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