Pep Guardiola plans to join New York City FC after leaving Man City


Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he will not be leading another club in the Premier League when he finally leaves Manchester City.

“I think I will always be in Man City. If I had to come back, I would come back to Man City, if they want me,” he said. “I do not think I will coach another club in England. I am part of this club.”

90min has been told that there are already plans for him to eventually move to New York and stay within the City Football Group at the sister club New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

Guardiola previously spent a year in New York on sabbatical after leaving Barcelona in 2012, before starting his semester with Bayern Munich.

He has never hidden his love for the Big Apple and only recently repeated when he supported a CFG program for new pitches in New York how much of a place in his heart it has.

“I have spent a lot of time in New York City during my career. It is a city I love deeply and over the years I have been fortunate to see the New York City’s passion for football first hand,” said Guardiola.

“Young people want to play and need a place to play. The fact that there are now 50 new football pitches throughout New York City because of the NYCFC and our team is amazing and will make a big difference in the lives of young people.

“I’ve been saying that for many years, I think there is an incredibly bright future for football in the United States and fantastic projects like this will play a role in helping to produce the next generation of young American talent.

“All over the world I have seen how football can change lives; it brings people together like no other sport – and I am very proud that our group has played a role in using our sport to bring people together and give young people more. places to play the game we love here in Manchester and around the world. ”

Guardiola’s current contract expires in 2023 after agreeing on an extension at the end of 2020. 90min understands that it is at this point that the Spaniard intends to leave Europe to take a post with NYCFC, which is currently led by the former Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

Should Guardiola join the NYCFC, it would continue a general trend to hire coaches with existing ties to City Football Group, with Dome Torrent (Guardiola’s former assistant) and Patrick Vieira (former Man City midfielder and football development manager) previously staffing dugout. Deila himself also has a long-term relationship with CFG.

“After seven years in this team, I think I will have a stop. I have to take a break, see what we have done,” said Guardiola earlier this year, referring to his contract expiring in 2023.

The Spaniard has also stated that he would like to work around the world in South America and as a national team coach, and clearly a stop in MLS is on the agenda.

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