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Guardiola intrigued by Premier challenge

PEP GUARDIOLA believes it would be a unique experience to have a chance of coaching in England.

Much like Jose Mourinho on Monday, the 41-year-old has used a video message to the Football Association, congratulating them on their 150th anniversary, to outline the lure English football holds for him.

"It is unique, to play in that league," he said.

"I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

"As a player, I couldn't realise my dream to play there.

"But I hope, in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there."

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been heavily linked with the highly-rated former Barcelona coach (above), who is currently on a year's sabbatical after standing down at the Nou Camp at the end of last season.

Unlike Mourinho, Guardiola has been more guarded with his responses as to where he will reappear.


Indeed, the favoured option at present is German giant Bayern Munich. But it is clear the English game holds special appeal.

"It is unique, to play in that league. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

"I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing.

"In Italy, Latin people will support you when they are playing and when you lose, they kill you. In England, I'm always surprised that people support everything.

"That is nice and why, maybe, as I am still young, just 41, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there."

Guardiola's message will be played out later today at the lavish ceremony at the Connaught Rooms in central London, where football's first rulebook was drafted.

Scores of football dignitaries will be in attendance with every living former England manager among those invited.

With high-profile friendlies against Brazil, Republic of Ireland and Scotland already arranged, it promises to be a memorable year, with Pele confirmed as guest of honour at the inaugural player of the year awards night at St George's Park on Sunday, February 3.