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Chelsea and City 'options' for Guardiola

ESPN staff
November 7, 2012
Pep Guardiola is not looking to return to football before the end of the season © Getty Images

Manchester City, Chelsea and AC Milan are all possible destinations for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, his agent has said.

Jose Maria Orobitg said Guardiola - currently spending a year out of the game - could end up in Serie A despite Milan's denial that they had held any talks about him.

Orobitg told the Italian TMW radio station: "Milan is an option, as are Manchester City and Chelsea. Pep is listening to offers and evaluating them, but he will not coach this year. We'll talk about it in June.''

Milan issued a statement in which they said there had been no discussions between the club's hierarchy and Guardiola's brother Pere, who was at the Rossoneri's Champions League match against Malaga on Tuesday.

But Orobitg said: "Guardiola isn't going to Milan? Who told you that? I am Guardiola's manager, not his brother Pere.

"Anything is possible next year. I speak to [Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani all the time, and when I speak to him he is very friendly.

"We have a good relationship. Who knows what will happen in the future?''

Massimiliano Allegri's poor start to the season has led to speculation about his future as Milan coach.

Allegri's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Malaga, but Orobitg said: "Why was [Guardiola's] brother in Milan? Because he represents a lot of Malaga players. Why is it strange that he would go and watch one of their games?

"The press talked about it like it was a special event. He just went to watch a game of football."

Milan's statement said the club "denies the occurrence of a presumed meeting between vice-president Adriano Galliani with family or agents of Mr Guardiola, following news stories that have emerged from several outlets".

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