In an exclusive interview with Jonathan Shrager of Stretty News TV, esteemed Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reveals that it is only a matter of time before Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola joins a Premier League club.
Speaking prior to his Cristiano Ronaldo book launch at the National Football Museum, Balague says:
“Pep Guardiola is coming to the Premier League. There’s no doubt about that. Where he’s going [club wise] nobody knows.
“And a lot of people are talking about Manchester City as if it’s a done deal. He may end up at Manchester City… it’s not a done deal. So, we’ll have to see on that.
“He’s going to be looking for things like working with people that he trusts, a club that has got history or history/ambition to be huge, and United and City fit both moulds. He’s got a soft spot for Arsenal as well. Chelsea want to have him, so his options are open certainly.
“One thing I know for sure – doesn’t matter what happens – at this point he not agreed a thing with anybody.”
Balague continues by speaking highly of current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal with the belief that our next appointment must be able to build on the Dutchman’s foundations of a modern football side.
“I hope Manchester United have realised that a journey has started and that it may require much longer than a year-and-a-half or Ryan Giggs, or whoever it is to understand how to take this job on.
“I think Ryan should go abroad and try to challenge himself and challenge what he thinks he knows to develop a philosophy, a way of doing things.
“It may be a romantic way of continuing managerial wise but I think what Van Gaal is doing is putting the foundations for someone that requires understanding what that is about and I hope Manchester United don’t miss the opportunity to go that way.
“Eventually, yes. Eventually Ryan Giggs or whoever came come in and do it but I think it’s early for him.”
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