Toni suggests Pep Guardiola wants to manage in Italy at some point


Former Italy international and World Cup winner Luca Toni has said that Pep Guardiola has the ambition of managing a Serie A club at some point in the future. The Catalan tactician is currently on course to secure his second league title in three seasons at Manchester City, and he could create further history by guiding the club to a historic domestic treble.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Toni suggested that his former Brescia teammate will arrive in Italy sooner or later, given he likes to take up different challenges. He added that the 48-year-old has previously told him about the prospect of managing in the Italian top-flight, where Roma and Juventus can be regarded as potential destinations.

He said: “Sooner or later he will also come to Italy. He loves the challenges and times of Bayern, when it was already known that the next season he would go to the City he told me he wanted to return to Serie A, even as a technician. Where would I imagine him? Or Rome, where he played and remained tied or to Juve which is now the number one club.”

Guardiola was quizzed about a potential move to Juventus earlier this year but he happened to dismiss the speculation by citing that he has no plans of leaving the Citizens in the near future. Furthermore, the manager suggested that he would prefer to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2021, thereby assuring the fans regarding his commitment to the club.

Manchester City recently secured a slender 1-0 triumph over Burnley on the road and the result has ensured that they have jumped to the top of the table with a one-point advantage over Liverpool. They have two games remaining against Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, and victories in both would see them secure the Premier League crown for the second-straight campaign.