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Pep Guardiola wants to manage in England

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Updated Wednesday, January 16th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time of his desire to take on the "challenge" of managing an English club in the future.

Guardiola, who guided Barca to 14 trophies in four seasons at the Nou Camp, is looking for a new job.

The 41-year-old said: "As a player I couldn't realise my dream to play there [in England]."

"But I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there."

His comments will alert Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, who are all believed to be monitoring Guardiola's position.

It comes after Jose Mourinho expressed his desire to return to England  when his time at Real Madrid comes to an end.

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

"I am still young, just 41, so I hope in the future I could be able to train there and enjoy that.

"I've always found English football very fascinating, just for the environment, the crowd and the supporters.

"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 always support everything and that is nice.

"That's why, maybe, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there."

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