Pep Guardiola has been linked with almost every major club in Premier League of late. Last week, the Spaniard announced that he will not be continuing at Bayern Munich beyond the summer. Since then he has been linked with the jobs at Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal. According to numerous reports, he is favourite to replace Manuel Pellegrini during the summer.
But now, according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Oliver Sequenz, the charm of London could prove to be the deciding factor in Guardiola’s decision. Senquenz believes that because of their location, Chelsea are the favourites to land the former Barcelona manager.
He also claims that Chelsea manager Roman Abramovic is trying his best to tempt Guardiola’s wife, Cristina Serra, with the lifestyle of London.
“I don’t know which is the higher-rated, maybe it is the city or the club he can work with,” Sequenz said. “Take the role – he lived in Barcelona, then he did this sabbatical and lived in New York, then he moved to Munich. What’s the connection right now? I would say London would be the next city for him to live and rumour has it that Roman Abramovich is kind of forcing maybe Guardiola’s wife, with the lifestyle in London.
“Guardiola loves culture, he loves museums, he loves literature, and his wife as well, so that would be a point why he, his wife, his family could move to London. When he did a sabbatical, he lived in New York, he likes this lifestyle and the pulse of the city, so that could be a point for London.
“Even in Munich, he didn’t live in Starnberg at the Starnberger See or the Tegernsee, which are a little more south, near to the Alps, which is a beautiful place to live and where some players live, but Guardiola chose to live in Munich nearby the central station.”
But he also claims that the presence of former Barcelona officials Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at Man City could also prove to be the deciding factor. “I would say the bigger thing is having a team he can create and that would be a chance actually to work at Manchester City,” he added. “He already has connections to that club so my feeling is he is going to Man City and not to Chelsea, even though there are big opportunities for him to work there as well.”