October 16, 2019, 7:41

Pep Guardiola ‘pretty sure’ Mikel Arteta will succeed him at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola ‘pretty sure’ Mikel Arteta will succeed him at Manchester City

“Sooner or later it’s going to happen (Arteta becoming a manager). He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.

“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.

“We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”

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There is no indication that Guardiola will leave City anytime soon, claiming he “will stay for two more years and hopefully another one” when he was linked with the Juventus job in the summer.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss hasn’t stayed longer than four years at any of his previous clubs

The 48-year-old has not just praised Arteta’s coaching ability on the pitch, but also his character and morals off it.

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Guardiola said: “He’s a guy who’s so happy when we win but also suffers a lot when we don’t.

“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being, with incredible values about the dressing room and what it means to be together.

“He’s already an incredible, incredible manager. He will have incredible success in the future.”

Arteta had a playing career which spanned across 17 years, six clubs and four countries, including over 250 appearances in the Premier League.

And the City boss believes that Arteta’s playing career has had a positive impact on his potential future as a head coach.

He said: “He’s helped a lot. Especially in the first year when we played Stoke and whatever – he knew the players we were going to face better than we because he played a lot against them.”

Sourse: skysports.com

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