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From Spain: Manchester City could lose Pep Guardiola’s trusted assistant to Girona FC

Girona FC are considering a move for one of Pep Guardiola’s most trusted assistant coaches, Domènec Torrent, with current boss Pablo Machín expected to be named Sevilla head coach imminently.

The Catalan club were originally thinking of Huesca boss Rubi, but he is on the verge of joining Espanyol, and according to SPORT that has made them turn their eyes to City Football Group partner club Man City, who have a host of talented coaches on Guardiola’s staff.

Mikel Arteta almost became Arsenal manager before an 11th hour decision was made to instead appoint Unai Emery, and now Torrent, one of Guardiola’s most high-ranking assistants, is on their radar.

Torrent previously coached Girona, who he is a fan of, in the 2005-06 season in which he won the championship of Spain’s third tier, and in interviews since has refused to rule out a return.

The 55-year-old joined Barcelona in 2007 as an assistant coach and has been working with Guardiola ever since, following him to Bayern Munich and Manchester City, where he is one of four assistant coaches along with Arteta, Brian Kidd and Rodolfo Borrell.

Losing one of his main ‘idea men’, who usually sits by him on the bench, would be a disappointment for Pep, but as he said during the Arteta/Arsenal saga, he will not block any of his coaching staff from pursuing managerial jobs.

Girona have not yet made an approach for Torrent, but he is high on their list of replacements for Sevilla-bound Machín and it may only be a matter of time before they move to convince him.

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