Recently, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola revealed that he will be taking his talents to the Premier League after the current season, looking for something a bit more challenging after dominating with both Barcelona and Bayern over the past several years.
Guus Hiddink, who may or may not have some say in the matter of Chelsea's next manager, spent a bit of time talking up the man who will probably be the biggest signing any team will be able to make this summer.
"He would fit in any big team in the world. He has shown in a very fast career that he is capable of managing a team very well. But it's difficult to say he must go to a certain team in the Premier League and I don't want to put more pressure on managers and directors. Let it come as it comes."
"He has worked in La Liga, he has worked in the Bundesliga and now he wants to work in the Premier League. I have had this experience. Unfortunately I never worked in Germany but the Bundesliga is a beautiful league, the Spanish league I worked in for several years and it's a beautiful league, so I can understand that he expresses his desire to work in the Premier League."
-Guus Hiddink; source: ESPN
A "certain team" ... does that refer to Manchester City? Chelsea? I suppose we'll find out.
Chelsea's chances of landing Guardiola do look slim given that the strongest rumors link the soon-to-be 45-year-old with Manchester City instead (setting up a potential Mourinho vs. Guardiola in-city rivalry), but it's not over until it's over! With rumors of Abramovich willing to pay well over the odds to finally land "his man", we might yet be the challenge that Pep's looking for. And make no mistake, if Guardiola's indeed looking for a challenge, we would most certainly provide him with a huge one!