MANCHESTER CITY manager Pep Guardiola could be tempted by a return to Spain for family reasons.
That’s the belief of Barcelona legend Rivaldo, in the wake of City’s Premier League title defence.
Guardiola signed a contract extension after winning his first top-flight title in May last year.
The deal, which made the former Bayern Munich boss the best-paid manager in the world, keeps him at the club until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
City fans would hope that 48-year-old feels he has unfinished business in terms of winning the Champions League.
But Rivaldo thinks Guardiola find it tough to turn down a good offer from one of the Spanish clubs.
“Pep always showed ambition to become manager and I can only be happy about how things are working out for him,” he told Betfair.
“He is one of the best managers in the world without a doubt.
“Furthermore, he has a special way of interacting with his players, showing the great human being that he is, and all the players seem to have a good impression of him.
“Of course, when you perform well it’s normal that other top clubs become interested in your services.
“I believe Pep will have other opportunities and new projects to think about this summer.
“Despite his apparent satisfaction at the Etihad, perhaps a good proposal from a Spanish club could interest him.
“I’m saying this because Pep doesn’t like to be away from his family and friends and really enjoys the time spent with them.
“So a possible return to Spain would be helpful.”
According to the Evening Standard, Barcelona – who Guardiola managed between 2008-12 – are considering potential replacements for current boss Ernesto Valverde.
The Manchester City boss has racked up the 26th trophy of his career after adding the Premier League title to the Carabao Cup and Community Shield he already won this season.
Guardiola can add a 27th trophy to his collection if his City side beat Watford in the FA Cup final, which takes place at Wembley on May 18.