Pep Guardiola has dropped a major hint over his potential successor at Manchester City, naming Mikel Arteta as his preferred candidate
Guardiola’s current contract ties him down to the Etihad Stadium for another two seasons, but the Spanish tactician has already admitted that he would like to manage other sides after City.
Arteta has, meanwhile, joined City immediately upon finishing his professional football career, becoming the Spaniard’s assistant.
Widely recognized as one of the most promising up-and-coming young tacticians, the former Arsenal midfielder was close to being appointed as Arsene Wenger’s replacement before the Gunners opted for Unai Emery at the eleventh hour.
After winning seven domestic trophies together, including two Premier League titles, Guardiola has backed his assistant to take over the reins once he departs the Etihad.
Asked if the 37-year-old can become his heir, the ex-Barcelona boss said: “I’m pretty sure, yes. He will have success, yes.
'He’s helped me a lot…he has a special talent to analyse what happens, and to find the solutions'— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) September 20, 2019
Pep Guardiola talks up Mikel Arteta's prospects as a future Man City manager | @TelegraphDuckerhttps://t.co/Twwy4J5JBC
“Sooner or later it’s going to happen. He’s a young, young manager, he’s 37, 38, he’s so young, he has experience already to handle big players and teams, and when it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”
Guardiola has entered his fourth season in charge at Manchester City, with both of his previous managerial experiences at Barcelona and Bayern Munich lasting less than five years.