Pep Guardiola to quit Barcelona

Reports originating from Spain suggest that Pep Guardiola is ready to walk away from Barcelona at the end of the season due to the club missing out on the La Liga title and being eliminated from the Champions League this term.

The Catalan giants were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Chelsea in the semi-finals of Europe’s top club competition, and are seven points behind Real Madrid in the Primera Division with only a handful of games remaining.

Guardiola is out of contract at Camp Nou this summer, and Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague feels that the massively successful coach is ready for a new challenge, potentially in England.

“He has the urge to coach in another place. He wants to come to the Premier League,” Balague stated to Sky Sports.

“He couldn’t make it here as a player. He was close to joining Wigan at one point I believe. Manchester United wanted him at some point, Liverpool and Spurs, but it didn’t happen.

“And as a manager he wants to prove himself in the Premier League,” he continued.

Balague also feels that there maybe a chance of the Barcelona stars following their mentor overseas.

“It’s a good point because they are very close to him; they’ve grown to be better players with him.

“But at the same time, four years with the same manager, seeing the same face, you wonder if that is one of the reasons Guardiola, if he decides to leave, will leave,” he concluded.

Guardiola has been linked with the vacant England manager’s job, and with a move to European conquerors Chelsea.

As yet there has been no official confirmation from either the club or the coach.

By Gareth McKnight