Guardiola would reject Chelsea approach

The former Barcelona boss is against breaking away from his sabbatical in New York and does not believe Stamford Bridge is the right move with trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich
By Martin del Palacio Langer
Chief Editor, Spain

Pep Guardiola is determined to continue his sabbatical in New York and will not accept an offer from Chelsea, in case the London club would contact him. have learned, from sources very close to the Catalan coach, that the possibilities of him traveling to London are "minimal, to say that there are any".

According to those sources, Guardiola is enjoying this time with family and feels it is too early to a return to the pitch. He is also aware that when he decides to return there will be no shortage of interesting offers from top clubs, so he’s not in any hurry to end his voluntary retirement.

In addition, the manager doesn’t think the Blues are the right place for him, based on the usual treatment that the Roman Abramovich led board has dispensed to the coaches who have gone through the Stamford Bridge bench. When he comes back, Guardiola wants to be part of a serious project, where he will have time to put his ideas in practice, and it seems to him that Chelsea is not the place to do it.

Nevertheless, in case the Russian magnate decides to call him, Pep would answer, "because he is a gentleman," said the source. However, the answer will only be a courtesy, because at this time the he doesn’t have any intention to leave New York.

With Guardiola's refusal, the bookies favorites to take Chelsea’s helm are now Rafael Benitez, Harry Redknapp and Laurent Blanc.