Guardiola quitting Man City because of Champions League ban ‘is option for him’

Pep Guardiola could use Manchester City's two-year ban from the Champions League as an opportunity to quit the club and take a step back from football.

That's the opinion of Emmanuel Petit, who reckons the Spaniard may be in need of a rest and should take a sabbatical, like he did in 2012 after four years managing Barcelona.

"I think that could be an option for him [quitting City in the summer due to the Champions League ban]," Petit told Mirror Football.

"It could be an opportunity for him to step back and have some rest. It wasn't a long time ago that he seemed clearly tired of being manager."

Guardiola has continually claimed he is happy at Man City and will be in charge next season, which would be his longest stint managing a football club.

Citizens fans will be anxious to see whether the Spaniard sticks to his word, given the success he has had managing the Etihad club.

But Petit believes there are more things to worry about at City than Guardiola's future.

"You never know what could happen, but for me the biggest worry is not what could happen if Guardiola leaves the club – there will be another manager coming if he leaves – for me the future of City is not linked with Guardiola forever," Petit continued.

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