• Premier League

Guardiola wants to succeed Ferguson

ESPN staff
November 25, 2012

Pep Guardiola wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss when the 70-year-old retires, according to reports.

Rafa Benitez is believed to be a temporary replacement at Chelsea as owner Roman Abramovich attempts to lure Guardiola into a full-time position at the club for next season.

But while Guardiola has remained coy on his future after a hiatus from the game, the Sun reports that the Spaniard is set to turn down Chelsea's offer and wait for a move to Old Trafford.

"The whole history of Manchester United, his relationship with Sir Alex and the way the club is run appeals to Pep," a source close to Guardiola told the Sun.

"Right now I'd be astonished if he went to Chelsea. He really wants to wait for the United job even if it means extending his time out of the game."

It is believed that Abramovich's influence on the playing style at Chelsea has deterred Guardiola. The Blues owner has had nine managers in as many years.

Guardiola is currently a wanted man in football, with both Chelsea and United linked to his services in England, while Brazil are believed to be monitoring his situation as they seek to fill their vacant post with the national team.

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