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Cruyff says Guardiola moved to New York to get distance from the sport

Cruyff says Guardiola moved to New York to get distance from the sport

Johan Cruyff - Barcelona

The Dutchman recently visited his former protege in the United States, and he believes his trip was productive after discovering the reasons behind the 42-year-old's relocation.

Johan Cruyff has explained that Pep Guardiola's decision to move to New York was motivated by a need to "distance" himself from the intense nature of soccer management.

The former midfielder stepped down from his position as coach of Barcelona during the summer after four trophy-laden years at Camp Nou, where he lifted a succession of Liga titles, Copa del Rey trophies and UEFA Champions Leagues.

His decision to resign and take a sabbatical on the East Coast was met with scepticism from some quarters, but after visiting him, the former Blaugrana great is adamant that the change of scenery will do him a world of good in the long run.

"Pep lives in the USA now because he had four very intense years as coach of Barcelona," Cruyff told reporters. "He wanted some distance from football. In New York, he can walk around without being recognized so that he can think about his future.

"I am very busy with football at the moment, so it was good to speak with someone like Guardiola. He sees things very clearly and is open with his opinion. He understands the things I am doing [at Ajax and Chivas]."

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