'Guardiola will coach in Italy'

Former Italy striker Luca Toni believes Pep Guardiola will coach Roma or Juventus one day. “He told me he wanted to return to Serie A.”

Guardiola played for Roma at the tail end of his playing career and has been linked with the Juve job if Max Allegri vacates his post.

Toni, meanwhile, played for both clubs and was a teammate of the Manchester City boss at Brescia during the 2001-02 campaign.

“He’ll go to Italy at some point,” he told Tuttosport.

“He loves challenges and when it was known that he’d go to Manchester City the following season, he told me he wanted to return to Serie A as a Coach.

“Where do I see him? Roma because he played for them and remains tied to them or Juventus, who are now the No 1 club [in the Italy].

“I think it’s difficult for Guardiola to move to Juventus this summer, even if in football the confirmations are only for the moment and anything can happen until the last one.

“Top Coaches depend on the market [to move]: now things seem stuck, but then maybe a surprise bench becomes available and a domino effect is triggered.

“I rate Allegri but if he decided to leave, I certainly expect another big-name Coach to join Juventus.

“Guardiola, as long as he wanted to leave City, wouldn’t surprise me as a choice.”

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