'I would like to have the experience' - Pep Guardiola confirms decision on future after Man City

The 53-year-old will celebrate eight years at Manchester City this summer and has been open about his future plans.

Pep Guardiola has admitted his desire to coach a national team at a major tournament once he leaves Manchester City.

Guardiola is currently contracted until 2025 at the Etihad and is expected to at least see that period played out before exploring the possibility of moving on. The Catalan has refused to rule out the prospect of extending his stay in Manchester but usually added to that point by insisting he could leave at any given point.

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Having spent his entire coaching career at club level, a move to national team football would be intriguing and links to the likes of Brazil, Spain and even England have surfaced in the past. It is seemingly an avenue Guardiola would like to explore in the future, although the City boss gave no indication as to when that might happen.

"I don't know who wants me (laughs)," Guardiola told ESPN Brasil. "To work for a national team, they need to want you, like the clubs. When I started, I didn't think about winning the leagues, being champion of the Champions League. I thought: if I have a job, that's fine.

"I would like to have the experience of living in a World Cup, a European Cup, a Copa América, whatever. I would like to experience this. I don't know when, in five, ten, 15 years, but I would like to play in a World Cup as a coach."

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Guardiola was quizzed on his future as recently as last month, with the City boss insisting any decision will be made by him and his family. The 53-year-old will reach eight years at the Etihad this summer, which is significantly longer than he has spent anywhere else.

Since arriving in Manchester in 2016, Guardiola has signed three contract extensions but in winning a first ever Champions League and historic treble with the Blues last season, could decide on a fresh challenge when his current deal expires. Alternatively, the opportunity to rebuild and keep City at the top of European football could entice him to stay.

Guardiola’s main rival over the past few years, Jurgen Klopp, announced earlier this year that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, insisting he was growing increasingly tired with the daily demands of top-level management. The German is expected to take at least a year away from the limelight.