Maradona: Don't be surprised if Guardiola moves to Chelsea

The trainer has taken the decision to leave the Blaugrana for a sabbatical year, but the Argentine legend feels the 41-year-old could soon move to Stamford Bridge

Diego Maradona has stated that he would not be surprised if outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola moved to take the Chelsea managerial role.

The Blaugrana head trainer will step down from the Camp Nou hotseat at the end of this season, and plans to have a one-year sabbatical away from the game.

However, with the Stamford Bridge club without a permanent trainer and Roberto Di Matteo in charge on an interim basis, Maradona feels the power of Roman Abramovich’s money could convince the Spaniard to move to England.

"Pep Guardiola, a brilliant coach whom I admire, has announced that he will take a sabbatical in front of an emotional home Barcelona crowd. But don't be surprised if he quickly resurfaces at Chelsea, should Abramovich make him a huge offer," the South American opined in his column for the Times of India.

The Al-Wasl boss went on to discuss the English Premier League title race, and feels that countryman Carlos Tevez has had a major impact upon Manchester City's fortunes.

"Roberto Mancini will join those rare coaches who have been able to win titles both in Italy and in England. It didn't seem possible just a short time ago, as the Blues trailed the Red Devils by eight points.

"However, bringing back my friend, striker Carlos Tevez, has revitalised the City team. It took humility for these two great characters to mend their differences.

"Yaya Toure has been the real leader of this team and also deserves to win his first English championship," Maradona concluded.