Pep Guardiola has spoken quite candidly in an interview with ‘Universo Valdano’ on Movistar+ in Spain, revealing his state of mind at Manchester City, future plans, coaching a national team, and more.
Pep confessed that he has eyes for a national team job in future, but it won’t be Argentina.
“If given the opportunity, I want to coach a national team,” Guardiola confessed. “I want to try, for sure… if they want me.
“Argentina? No, thank you.”
And what about long-term, where does Pep envision himself? Ever a football romantic, he wants to return to his starting point.
“I will finish where I started: my last steps will hopefully be in the academy of Barça.”
All the talk of future jobs could have Blues worried, but Guardiola revealed he is happy with life at Manchester City and the environment that has been built for him by Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, his long-time friends and allies.
“Here [City] I feel very good. Very protected from football. I’m at the club that interests me, with Ferran Soriano, Txiki (Begiristain), who I have known since we were in the reserves. I do not feel judged by a defeat or victory.”
One of the key men of Pep’s Man City side is Kevin De Bruyne, who is currently recovering from a long-term injury. Guardiola spoke very highly of the flame-haired playmaker.
“De Bruyne does everything and everything well, but still has room to grow. I recently met his parents and understood a lot about why he is a fantastic guy.”
And has Pep revealed KDB has a release clause?
“He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250million (£223million). I’m sorry, he’s not for sale. He’s very good. He’s a very dynamic player.”
The last comment is certainly the one that stands out, with €250million becoming more and more payable in today’s inflated market. The question is, was Guardiola speaking literally or using €250million as a figure of speech to warn suitors off De Bruyne?
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