Pep Guardiola could be tempted to end his glorious spell at Manchester City in favour of a return to Spain this summer, says his old Barcelona team-mate Rivaldo.
It’s been seven years since Guardiola last coached in La Liga after pulling the curtain on a trophy-laden four-season spell in charge of his beloved Barcelona.
Following a year-long sabbatical, the Catalan coach returned to management in 2013 at Bayern Munich. Over in Germany, he won three Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokal cups before joining City in 2016.
Guardiola has since enjoyed further record-breaking success at the Etihad Stadium, with two Premier League titles in his opening three campaigns in charge.
However, the 48-year-old’s ultimate objective of leading City to Champions League glory hasn’t gone quite so smoothly following back-to-back quarter-final exits at the hands of Liverpool and Tottenham.
And the Citizens’ hopes of conquering Europe next season may have already suffered another blow as they face a potential ban for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Now Rivaldo has added another cause for City to fret about in the future of a homesick Guardiola.
“Pep always showed ambition to become manager and I can only be happy about how things are working out for him, as he is one of the best managers in the world without a doubt,” the Brazilian told Betfair.
“Furthermore, he has a special way of interacting with his players, showing the great human being that he is, and all the players seem to have a good impression of him.
“Of course, when you perform well it’s normal that other top clubs become interested in your services.
“I believe Pep will have other opportunities and new projects to think about this summer and, despite his apparent satisfaction at the Etihad, perhaps a good proposal from a Spanish club could interest him.
“I’m saying this because Pep doesn’t like to be away from his family and friends and really enjoys the time spent with them, so a possible return to Spain would be helpful.”
Guardiola is contracted at City until June 2021.
Although the former Barcelona boss will likely first focus on Saturday’s FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley before solving his future.
On the back of their Premier League and Carabao Cup success, City can complete a treble with a victory this weekend.