Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he is ‘pretty sure’ that current assistant Mikel Arteta will succeed him in the future.
After his playing career ended in 2016 Arteta immediately became a part of Guardiola’s staff at the Etihad, where he’s developed a reputation as one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the game.
Arteta nearly became Arsenal’s new manager in the summer of 2018, only for the club to make a late U-turn and appoint Unai Emery instead to take over from Arsene Wenger.
But the Spaniard’s chance to manage a club appears likely to come sooner rather than later, and Guardiola believes that Arteta could be the man to take over for him when he eventually leaves City.
“I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” Guardiola said of Arteta.
“Sooner or later it’s going to happen (Arteta becoming a manager). He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.
“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.”