Chelsea step up hunt for Guardiola

Updated: March 28, 2012

Chelsea are set to continue their hunt of Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

Owner Roman Abramovich’s representatives have opened talks with Guardiola’s representatives.  The Spaniard’s intentions are unclear with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Guardiola has been Barcelona’s most successful coach in the nearly four seasons since he has taken charge and the Londoners face an onerous task if they are to tempt him away from Camp Nou.  Guardiola has also been discussing terms with the club who he has won the European Cup/Champions League with as both player and manager (twice), though there is also the possibility that he will take a year’s sabbatical from football.

Abramovich is said to be keen on the prospect of bringing former manager José Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge but that the possibilities of that happening appear to be remote at the moment.  One imagines the Russian would also be reluctant to re-hire the Portuguese as this would be tantamount to admitting that he was wrong to sack him in the first place.

Guardiola, who speaks fluent English, is said to be interested in the possibility of managing a Premier League club.   Sources have said that he finds the political machinations at Barca hard to work with at times and he has also spoken of the difficulties in keeping the same group of players motivated.  He has also spoken of a desire to take a one year break from the game though Barcelona’s players are reported to want him to stay at the club.

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