According to his assistant Manuel Estiarte, Pep Guardiola has an idea in mind as to where he would like to go when he leaves Manchester City.
The 52-year-old has been Man City’s manager since 2016. He has helped them win the Premier League on four separate occasions.
Last November, Guardiola extended his Man City contract and his current deal is not due to expire until 2025.
But Guardiola is being linked with a move away from Man City. This comes after the club were charged by the Premier League over over 100 alleged breaches of their financial rules between 2009 and 2018.
The Spaniard has previously suggested that he would leave City if it is proven that the club’s hierarchy have lied to him regarding their financial deals. He has been linked with Brazil’s manager’s job of late.
But Estiarte has revealed that they in fact “talk about” a move to Italy, so he may end up at AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus or Napoli in the future.
“We follow Italian football,” Estiarte said (via Sport Witness).
“Pep loves Italy and Italian culture, we often talk about it. His dream was to work in Italy, but today the problems are different.”
Man City are in the middle of a fight for the Premier League title. They are five points adrift of leaders Arsenal before their game against Newcastle at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
Man Utd are six points adrift of City with a game in hand and Guardiola feels that their local rivals are “back”.
“They are back. Some people in this reunion are happy, happier than other ones. Sooner or later it should happen, you know? Guardiola said.
“I said two or three months ago United is back. For many reasons, their body language when they celebrate goals, the commitment, how they run for each other where in the past before it’s not like that.
“You feel it that this is United. Sooner or later they should be back. The strangest thing of the last seven or eight years was that they were not there. That was the surprise when I arrived seven years ago.”
Man Utd travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Erik ten Hag feels that his side can “go there with confidence”.
“I know these players, my squad, my team, will be prepared to go there and fight and to go there with confidence,” Ten Hag said.
“We know it’s going to be difficult, we know we will have to suffer and we will have to sacrifice to get a good result.
“I think our team, our mentality in general is very good. I think we also have many leaders who set the mentality, who set the standards, who control the standards, who correct if necessary.
“I think we are happy with this process but it can always be better. That has to be the approach.”