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Jan 15, 2013

Guardiola a fan of 'amazing' English game

Pep Guardiola says he wants to manage in England, an encouraging signal to the string of Premier League clubs constantly linked with the manager.

Guardiola is on a one-season break since leaving Barcelona last May after four successful seasons, and English teams likely would be extremely interested in signing him.

Guardiola says "as a player, I couldn't realize my dream to play there. But I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there."

In an interview to be shown Wednesday at the launch of celebrations marking the English Football Association's 150th anniversary, Guardiola says he's "always found English football very fascinating."

"It is unique, to play in that league," he gold FATV. "I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

"I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing."

Using the same FA video messaging platform from which Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho restated his intentions earlier this week, Guardiola outlined the lure English football holds for him too.

"In Italy, Latin people will support you when they are playing and when you lose, they kill you," he said. "In England, I'm always surprised that people support everything. That is nice and why, maybe, as I am still young, just 41, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there."

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all heavily linked with the highly-rated former Barcelona coach, Guardiola is not short of options.

And whilst he never played league soccer, he does have direct experience of English crowds as both a player and coach, lifting the European Cup in 1992 when Barca beat Sampdoria, then as a coach 19 years later when the Catalans swept Manchester United aside with clinical efficiency.

"I am a lucky guy, because I had the opportunity to play two finals, both in England at Wembley," said Guardiola.

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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