Pep Guardiola has doubled down on his future at Man Metropolis by insisting that he won’t be returning to Barcelona, one thing which hasn’t stopped Rio Ferdinand making a switch declare concerning the Spaniard and the Blues.
Guardiola is into the ultimate 12 months of his present contract on the Etihad and has been linked with a doable return to Barcelona. Metropolis bosses are eager to retain the Spaniard’s companies, although they won’t need the scenario as it’s to pull on for too lengthy as they give the impression of being to plan for the long run.
Barcelona presidential hopeful Victor Font has publicly acknowledged his intention to deliver Guardiola again to the Camp No if he’s elected, in addition to convincing Lionel Messi to remain on the membership.
Requested about his future, although, Guardiola insisted after the win over Sheffield United: “I am extremely joyful right here, delighted to be in Manchester and hopefully I can do job this season to remain longer.”
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Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand spoke concerning the concern forward of Metropolis’s Premier League conflict with the Blades.
“I used to be by no means actually in that place as a participant. Clearly, Sir Alex Ferguson was all the time totally dedicated and coronary heart on his sleeve in that respect,” he informed BT Sport. “However Pep is a special animal, a special character.
“It’s extra essential, I feel, about what he’s relaying to the gamers. I feel if he is talking to the gamers and filling them with confidence, then it’s OK.
“However the huge drawback, I feel, with the membership within the wider image will probably be recruitment. In the event that they’re speaking to gamers they wish to pay money for in January or the next window, if I’m that participant, I’m solely coming there, actually, if Pep’s there, or I wish to know a minimum of who’s subsequent in cost earlier than I make my resolution and commit.
“So the larger image might be the larger query – however his historical past does counsel that he makes late choices on his contracts and the place he desires to go. Man Metropolis will in all probability know that and be very nicely conscious of that. Hear, who wouldn’t need that man of their dugout?”
Ferdinand, in the meantime, believes Guardiola might depart the Etihad Stadium on the finish of the season.
“I see him as having the kind of character that if he felt he wasn’t doing what was anticipated of him, he could be the primary to carry his hand up and stroll away, and go on to pastures new,” he added. “He simply looks as if that kind of man.
“I feel he appears fairly emotional at instances – and he’ll go together with his emotion at the moment. I feel he’ll be brutally sincere in that respect, and the Metropolis followers will not wish to hear that, as a result of the place do you go from there? However I feel that is the kind of man he’s. I like him. I like every thing about the way in which he’s as a supervisor, if I am sincere.”
Ferdinand thinks that the pressures of the job – coupled with Guardiola’s depth in doing it – might inform his subsequent resolution.
“I feel you must perceive as nicely that to keep up that depth is troublesome to do,” mentioned Ferdinand. “That is why you have a look at the greats of years passed by who’ve stayed at golf equipment for a few years – the Wengers, the Sir Alex Fergusons, and many others.
“To try this 12 months in, 12 months out, with the calls for placed on them, in addition to the calls for they placed on themselves from inside, is one thing sort of troublesome to grasp. That is why perhaps a sabbatical or a change of surroundings, that is what he (Guardiola) could also be .”