Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has conceded that he regrets revealing his plans to move to the Premier League next season.
The German giants announced last month that the Spanish tactician would be leaving the club at the end of the season, with Carlo Ancelotti set to be appointed his successor.
Furthermore, Guardiola then revealed his desire to coach in the Premier League, and after refusing to disclose which club he would likely join, it ultimately led to speculation over the future of various individuals in the top jobs in England.
With Manuel Pellegrini in particular suffering from the rumours, Guardiola has moved to apologise to his peers after he conceded he unfairly put them under pressure with his announcement.
“I am sorry,” said Guardiola, as noted by Sky Sports. “Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot. So I am sorry. It wasn’t my intention.
“I will reveal my new club once I have actually signed a contract. I have not talked with the players about my imminent move to England. We are only talking about football. But they all already know anyway.”
While the apology will likely go down well with his potential future rivals, it won’t be enough to end talk around which club the former Barcelona boss will take charge at ahead of next season.
Manchester City appear to be the most likely given the ties at the club with several former Barcelona officials making up the hierarchy, although both Manchester United and Chelsea remain options with Louis van Gaal coming under pressure while Guus Hiddink will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season as per his contract.