Pep Guardiola wants to manage Inter Milan, says Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona has rubbished claims Pep Guardiola could become the next manager of the Argentina national team by claiming the Barcelona boss "wants to manage Inter Milan" should he ever leave Camp Nou.
Guardiola has been linked with the Albiceleste post in recent weeks after being pinpointed by Argentina Football Association (AFA) chief Julio Grondona as his "dream" coach for the future.
The 41-year-old has won 13 trophies in just three-and-a-half years in charge of Barca, including three La Liga titles, two Champions League crowns and two World Club Cups.
Argentina, meanwhile, appointed current incumbent Alejandro Sabella last summer after axing Sergio Batista following their disastrous Copa America showing on home soil which saw them crash out in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Uruguay.
"If the Argentina FA had the financial possibility, Guardiola would be the coach of the national team," Grondona recently told Ona FM. "It would be a dream to appoint him as coach."
But Maradona has poured cold water on the notion that Guardiola could one day link up with Barca's talisman Lionel Messi on the international front. "Pep must have offers from everywhere. But Argentina have a coach right now and its disrespectful from AFA to talk about other coaches
He added: "I think Pep wants to manage Inter Milan after Barca, if he ever leaves Barca."
Guardiola is currently in talks with Barca officials about extending his contract at the Catalan giants for a further year, but has never hidden his desire to one day manage abroad. A move to England has long been touted, but it appears Maradona may know something we don't.