Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits that ‘sooner of later’ he will become an international manager.
Guardiola, who is looking to make it back-to-back Premier League titles this season, is in his third season at the Etihad Stadium.
Earlier this year he signed a two-year contract extension at the Etihad until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
And City bosses are keen for the Catalan to remain even longer than that.
But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has long extolled the virtues of change, to ensure freshness, and his desire to explore new cultures.
Speaking at an academic conference in Liverpool on Wednesday, he explained how he sees himself eventually taking charge of a national side.
“I would like to be an international manager in a national team. I would like that, yes,” he said at the conference at the University of Liverpool.
But the former Spain captain also joked that his desire wasn’t merely down to wanting a fresh challenge within football – but a desire for the keen golfer to get down his handicap.
“It will happen because every three days I would like to be involved but a little bit more calm, play more golf – now I don’t have time to play.
“Sooner or later it is going to happen, if I have chance with an international team, if they come knocking at my door.”
Guardiola spent four years as Barca boss, three seasons a Bayern, and is into his third year at City.
He is already set to spend more time at the Etihad than either of his previous employers, but the man who spent time during his playing career in Italy, Qatar and Mexico insists it is important not to get drawn into a comfort zone.
“You travel,” he added. “At the ending stages of my football career and after like a manager. It’s incredible. I lived for six months in Mexico and in Qatar as well, an Arabic country.
“As a manager I’ve lived in Germany and now here. I learned German when before it was impossible to understand. My family didn’t speak a word of English and now they speak perfectly.
“It’s incredible to travel. I encourage people to do it. You have to move. I encourage my players to do the same.
“Be curious to do something. The football career is too short not to. You will wake up noe morning and say ‘wow, it’s over’. Time moves quickly.”