Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola: I want to coach in Premier League
Pep Guardiola has confirmed he wants to manage in England when he leaves Bayern Munich in the summer.
Bayern announced last month that Guardiola had decided not to extend his three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions, and they have already named Carlo Ancelotti as his successor.
"I want to coach in Premier League," Guardiola told a news conference. "That is the reason I did not prolong my contract."
The former Barcelona coach has been strongly linked with Manchester City, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been touted as potential options.
Guardiola dismissed suggestions that a deal with City was already in place. "I have offers from England, but I have not signed a contract yet," he said. "When I have a new contract, then we will communicate it. I can't say more right now. I have not signed a contract yet."
In 2013, he had replaced the Jupp Heynckes, then 68 years old, as Bayern boss after the team had won the treble.
"If I were as old as Jupp Heynckes was during his last stint, I would have stayed," he said. "But I am still young enough, only 44 -- I want a new challenge now.
"Three years are enough. I am not comfortable with staying at one club for 30 years. I want new restaurants, a new city, a new challenge.
"When I got to Munich, people asked, 'Why Germany and not England?' I want to experience the emotions there. Why England? That's my instinct right now."
Before last month's announcement that Guardiola would be leaving, there had been various reports detailing his apparent frustrations in Munich.
However, he said: "It was a dream, it is a dream. I am very grateful to FC Bayern for this huge opportunity.
"The club have given me an exceptional squad here. Maybe the folks don't understand it, but I need new challenges, to experience new emotions, to try it in a new stadium.
"I need new challenges in my career. I need to test myself in new situations. Changes are also good for the clubs. I think it's good for everyone -- for the journalists too."
It had been reported that Guardiola's wife was reluctant to move to Manchester, but he played down that idea, citing his time as a player with Brescia in Italy.
"The people in the city are important," he said. "I have lived in Brescia -- it's not a beautiful town."
Several Premier League games, including Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea and those involving Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, have been screened in Germany during the Bundesliga's winter break, and a Sport Bild journalist asked Guardiola about the "terrible football" in the English top flight.
However, Guardiola appeared to misunderstand the question, replying: "That's why I like that. I like to take risks."
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He also dismissed the idea that he would look to take players from the Allianz Arena to his next club, saying: "FC Bayern Munich players have to stay here next season. I have great respect."
It had been hoped that Guardiola, a two-time Champions League winner at Barca, would lead Bayern to further European success after their 2013 triumph, but they have been eliminated at the semifinal stage in both of his attempts so far.
"The Champions League is always down to momentum," he said. "I want to win the Champions League. ... That's my wish. We will try it. But things happen in Champions League.
"The media say that, should we not win the Champions League, my job here would be incomplete. I understand that. I can handle that pressure. But it's not easy to win Champions League."
He also praised the appointment of former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti.
"Congratulations to the club and Carlo," he said. "It's a perfect decision. I want to leave him the best squad.
"[Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has done a great job. One coach leaves, the other one comes in. Stability is the most important thing. The squad is important at the moment. The squad has won with Jupp Heynckes, they have won with us, and they will win with Ancelotti."