After telling reporters his future at Bayern Munich is "not important", Pep Guardiola's new contract at the Allianz Arena has been put into further doubt with reports linking him with a move to the Premier League.
The former Barcelona man is set to be offered a new deal at Bayern, having won two consecutive Bundesliga titles in his first two seasons at the club. However, reports are suggesting the 41-year-old could be ready to face a new challenge, claiming it becomes "boring" staying at one club for too long.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all be linked with the former Barcelona boss, and no doubt the Premier League's top four will be on high alert after Guardiola's future has become uncertain in recent months.
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The Spaniard was tight-lipped when asked whether he would remain with Bayern, telling reporters at a news conference ahead of their DFB Pokal tie with Wolfsburg: "I have to continue winning games because that's what the fans want. I don't talk about it [the contract] every week."
Jose Mourinho's position at Chelsea is being brought into question, with suggestions the Blues will sack the 52-year-old if he loses at home to Liverpool on Saturday, potentially making way for Guardiola to join them in the summer for his next challenge.
Should owner Roman Abramovich relieve Mourinho, it is thought the Russian will bring in an interim boss before working on a deal to lure the Bayern manager at the end of his contract in Germany next summer.
For Guardiola, a move to England would complete the set of managing in each of the top three divisions in world football, while also present a greater challenge to win a title in England, compared to Spain and Germany where the same few teams compete for top honors each season.
The former Barca man has often dismissed talks about his future and instead hinted he won't commit to one club for more than three years.
Of his potential suitors, City are looking to offload current boss Manuel Pellegrini in favour of the Spaniard as of when he becomes available.
Meanwhile, United are looking for a successor to current boss Louis van Gaal, who is set to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in 2017, making Guardiola their top target. The Spaniard is likely to have already found a new club by then, of course.
Guardiola's contract expiration couldn't come at a more convenient time for Chelsea given that the Blues look increasingly likely to sack the 'Special One' following their woeful start to the season
Meanwhile, for Guardiola, it presents an exciting opportunity to turn a big and wealthy club with quality players into a side that can compete in the latter stages of the Champions League.
Guardiola has sounded out his preference to work in London, which will interest Arsenal. However, they are unlikely to oust Arsene Wenger anytime soon.
With English clubs under threat of losing their fourth Champions League place due to failings in Europe in recent years, Guardiola could help English football as a whole by assisting one of England's top four to continental success - something Premier League teams have not seen a lot of in recent seasons.
As is the nature of the Premier League, there is always a top four team in need to help push them onto the next level, and for Guardiola this is where he will likely see the next stage of his managerial career.
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