Friday April 27 2012
Guardiola to take break from game

Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, but chances of him coming to Serie A this summer look unlikely.

The 41-year-old Coach made public this afternoon his desire to leave the Catalan club, for who he has won a record number of trophies inside a four-year spell, explaining that the demands of the job have taken their toll.

However, the former Brescia and Roma player is unlikely to take over a Serie A side this summer, despite previous links during the year to Inter, after the admittance that he needs to take a sabbatical.

“I want you I want you to understand that this is not a simple decision for me,” the Spaniard explained in a news conference on Friday afternoon.

“At the beginning of December I announced to the chairman that I was seeing the end of my era at Barcelona. Obviously we couldn't say that publicly.

“Now we are out of the two main competitions it is a good time to announce this. I did not want to continue with the confusion. The reason is simple - four years is enough.

“The new Coach [Tito Vilanova] will give things that I am unable to give any more. To be in front of the media every three days for four years is very demanding.

“When I was appointed [in 2008], I started jumping like a little kid. To be able to take charge of the senior side was an unbelievable chance. Time has taken its toll and I rise each day and don’t feel the same.

“You can only recover from this by resting and getting away from everything. It would have been a bad idea to continue. [Now] I only intend to take a rest.”