Sat. May 28th, 2022

Pep Guardiola will be offered the chance to become coach of the Netherlands when he leaves Manchester City.

Guardiola is under contract with Etihad until the summer of 2023 and has previously indicated he could leave the Premier League champions when his current deal expires.

It is unlikely that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will lack job offers when he retires from his current role.

Guardiola is under contract in City until summer 2023 (Photo: Alamy)
Guardiola is under contract in City until summer 2023 (Photo: Alamy)

According to The Mirror, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) is preparing plans to capture Guardiola when he calls time on his City career.

The report claims that KNVB previously contacted Guardiola about his future before signing a two-year contract extension with City in August last year.

Guardiola has strong connections to Dutch football, having played under the late Johan Cruyff in his time as head of Barcelona.

As a coach, Guardiola has based his style of play on the Dutch philosophy of ‘Total Football’ and has previously said he “knew nothing about football before he knew Cruyff”.

Guardiola played under the late Johan Cruyff (right) during his time in Barcelona
Guardiola played under the late Johan Cruyff (right) during his time in Barcelona

“You hear all these people say, ‘Oh Pep, what a good manager he is.’ Forget it, Cruyff was by far the best, “Guardiola told The Guardian in 2016.

“Creating something new is the hard part. Making it and building it and getting everyone to follow? Fantastic.

“That’s why, when I was Barcelona coach, I visited Johan many times. I especially made sure I went a lot in my first year when we won everything, absolutely everything. “

Former Barcelona and Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal is currently in charge of the Dutch national team for the third time in his career.

Van Gaal retired to replace Frank de Boer after Holland’s disappointing European Championship 2020 campaign.

Louis van Gaal is currently in charge of the Dutch national team (Photo: Alamy)
Louis van Gaal is currently in charge of the Dutch national team (Photo: Alamy)

His current contract expires at the end of 2022 after the World Cup in Qatar.

Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to move into international football when he leaves Manchester City.

Last year, Guardiola admitted he would need a break from management when leaving Etihad, but is open to taking charge of a national team in the future.

“The next step will be a national team if the opportunity arises,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola has indicated he will leave City when his current contract expires (Photo: Alamy)
Guardiola has indicated he will leave City when his current contract expires (Photo: Alamy)

“I have to take a break after seven years (in Manchester City).

“I have to stop and look, learn from other coaches and then maybe take that path.

“I want to train in a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup.”

City owners, however, hope they can persuade Guardiola to extend his stay at the club after a period of unsurpassed success, which has featured three Premier League titles, an FA Cup victory and four Carabao Cups.

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