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Before I coach Manchester United or Real Madrid, I’d rather play golf – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Before I coach Manchester United or Real Madrid, I'd rather play golf - ENGLISH FOOTBALL 1

Manchester City’s star coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out commitments to Spain’s record holders Real Madrid and top English club Manchester United for the future. The Catalan declared before Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final duel with the Red Devils.

The reason for this is his past at FC Barcelona and his work at City at the moment. ‘After coaching City, I’m not going to work for United. I will never train Madrid like that. Absolutely not,” Guardiola said.

Asked if he thought about it, should these be the only two job opportunities for him, the 48-year-old said: “If I didn’t have any other offers, I would be in the Maldives. But maybe not the Maldives, because there are no golf courses there.”

Guardiola, who worked successfully at Bayern between 2013 and 2016, spent almost his entire playing career at FC Barcelona. As head coach, he coached the professionals of Blaugrana from 2008 to 2012. He has been on the sidelines at City since 2016.

Guardiola’s contract at the Eastlands runs until 2021, but he is expected to include an exit clause for next summer. However, after change rumours circulated, the successful coach denied it.