According to the Daily Mail Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to sign Pep Guardiola as the Blues next full time manager.
Since he had sacked José Mourinho last Thursday the Russian tycoon has had just one name in his mind for next summer: Pep Guardiola, who since June will be free from Bayern Munich, as confirmed by the same German club on Friday, with ex Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to replace him in Bavaria.
Abramovich already tried to sign Guardiola in 2012, during his sabbatical year, and the deal was almost done but then the Spaniard changed his mind after Di Matteo’s sacking, thinking that Chelsea board was too volatile and headed off to Bayern Munich, where he took charge in summer 2013.
Abramovich and Chelsea board were furious for his decision, but at the end José Mourinho came available and his return was set for a second spell that had to last many years but it lasted…until his sacking last Thursday!
It won’t be easy for Chelsea to get Guardiola anyway: it’s not a mistery that also Manchester City are willing to sign him to replace Manuel Pellegrini next summer, and the Spaniard got huge respect in the Citizens’ board from his old friends Ferran Soriano – chief executive- Txiki Begiristain – director of football.
The pair was at Barcelona in 2008, when Guardiola was promoted from the coach of the reserves team to manage the first team: he immediately won a treble and then added other two Ligas, another Champions League and two World Club Cups.
So these facts can advantage them to sign the Spaniard.
Anyway, there is one man that seems to know already if Guardiola chose Chelsea or Manchester City as his next stop: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern Munich chairman, in fact, stated:
“I think I know where he is going. But I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer.
“At the Christmas party two weeks ago he came to me, he told me that he was looking for a new challenge and almost apologised.
“It was clearly difficult for him, I’m not disappointed in him.”