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Guardiola is happy in New York, coy about his future

AFP, MEXICO CITY

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said Friday that he was happy living the family life in New York for now as he kept the guessing game about his future in soccer wide open.

Speculation is rife about the next job of the man who won everything at Barcelona since he decided to take a break from the sport after coaching his last game in May.

Guardiola was forced to address his future while he appeared as a guest speaker at an annual event in Mexico City organized by Fundacion Telmex, the charity of Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim.

Asked whether he would coach the Spanish national team one day, he said: “You never know. It’s just that New York is so nice.”

Asked whether his next destination would be Manchester United or AC Milan, he said: “I don’t know ... I said I wouldn’t coach this year.”

The 41-year-old former Barcelona midfielder said that he would be in the Big Apple for a year, living a regular life, taking his three children to school, learning English and “getting to know the city.”

One of his former players at Barcelona, new AC Milan recruit Bojan Krkic, fed the rumor mill last month when he said that “someone” at his old team told him Guardiola was interested in coaching the Italian club.

Guardiola’s agent has denied any possible moves to Bayern Munich or the Brazilian national team.

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