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England, My Next Destination – Guardiola

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[caption id="attachment_3722" align="alignnone" width="614"]Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich manager)[/caption]

Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday that he will manage in the Premier League next season, when his contract expires with the German giants at the end of the season.

The 44-year old announced in December that he will be leaving Bayern, and since then, has been linked with a host of English clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Spaniard said: “The reason I have not extended my contract is simple. I want to manage in the Premier League.

“I want to experience England’s stadiums and emotions. I think at my age, it is the right moment to go.

“If I were as old as Jupp Heynckes was during his last stint [at Bayern], I would have stayed,” he said. “But I am still young enough, only 44 – I want a new challenge now. My career is a long way from over.

“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.”

“I’ve very happy and grateful to Bayern for the trust they’ve shown me but I need a new challenge.

“I hope he’s [Rummenigge] ok and not upset. They did all they could to keep me. It wasn’t about money, it was my decision.”

However, the Spanish coach dismissed suggestions that he has already agreed a move to a particular Premier League club.

“When I have a new club, the club will communicate that,” he added. “I have several offers from England but I haven’t signed anything yet.

“At the moment, I can’t say anything else because nothing is fixed.”

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, 56, is taking over at Bayern, with Guardiola describing the Italian as a “perfect choice”.

“Coaches come and go but I think Carlo Ancelotti is a perfect choice to take over and I wish him the very best.”

Since arriving in Bayern, Guardiola has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and looks set to claim a third this term, before waving goodbye to the Bavarian club.