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Pep Guardiola believes Mikel Arteta would be a suitable replacement for him when he leaves Manchester City.
Guardiola’s assistant Arteta has been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Everton, two clubs he represented as a player.
City manager Guardiola wants his fellow Spaniard to stay at the Etihad Stadium, and he has no doubt he could follow him into the hotseat one day.
Asked if he would recommend Arteta as his successor, Guardiola told Sky Sports News: “He is able to do that, but it depends on him, the club – many things that I cannot decide.”
Guardiola, however, says he will not stand in the 37-year-old’s way if he wants to seek an opportunity elsewhere.
Although there has been speculation about Guardiola’s future, a vacancy at City may not be imminent with the former Barcelona boss indicating a desire to stay beyond the end of his current contract in 2021.
Guardiola said: “He is ready (to be a manager). I’m not a guy that puts a gun to the heads of my staff or players and says what they have to do.
“We are human beings and everyone has dreams and desires. Hopefully he can stay this season and the next one – as long as possible in this club.