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Guardiola felt bad for bosses of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd and Man City over constant speculation about his future

Pep Guardiola. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport Pep Guardiola. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Thursday, January 17, 2013
4:19 PM

Pep Guardiola may have stayed silent since it was announced he would be Bayern Munich’s next coach, but speaking last week the Spaniard admitted he felt sorry for the managers at clubs he has been linked with.

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Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City were the Premier League clubs touted as the next destination for the former Barcelona boss, while Bayern, AC Milan, Roma and Paris St Germain were also all linked with him.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be a big admirer of Guardiola and there was speculation that he would be installed at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season when interim manager Rafael Benitez’s temporary contract ran out.

However, yesterday it was revealed that Guardiola, currently on a year-long sabbatical in New York after leaving Catalonia last May, has a agreed a three-year deal at Bayern and will take over at the end of the season when current boss Jupp Heynckes retires.

Guardiola won 14 trophies during an incredible four years in charge at the Nou Camp, including three Primera Division titles and two Champions League crowns.

He is also credited with moulding a Barca side which many class as the greatest team of all time.

Speaking to FIFA.com in an interview conducted last week and published today, the 41-year-old admitted he felt bad for his counterparts at other clubs.

Guardiola said: “It made me feel bad for the coaches who were in the clubs at the time.

“I personally wouldn’t like it if I was coaching somewhere and my club was releasing this kind of information while I was still there.

“But I’ve kept out of everything, I’m still out of it and I’ll stay that way, out of respect for the people who are trying to do their jobs.

“That said, it makes you think that you’re not getting the offer because of how good you are, but because of what you’ve won.

“We won a lot and that’s why I’m more in demand now than when I started out, when only three or four people at Barcelona believed in me. The others didn’t feel the same way.”

Guardiola also admitted there are certain things he misses about football, but some things he does not.

“I’ve missed the game itself. All the stuff that surrounds it, not so much,” he said.

“But I have missed [figuring out] the way a certain team plays and how you can beat them, deciding on which players to select to try and win a match.

“For me at least, that’s the only reason I’m in this game. If it wasn’t for that... Everything else, well, they’re not things that I have a constant need for. I can live perfectly well without them. In fact I’d say you can have a much better life without them.

“But the game itself, that’s what draws you in.”

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