​Former England boss Sam Allardyce believes Pep Guardiola is ready to take on the challenge of managing ​Juventus and he will change the culture of the Italian league if he makes the switch to Turin,

Despite having one more-year on his current contract at the Etihad, ​Guardiola’s future in Manchester has been cast in doubt after ​Machester City were banned from the ​Champions League until 2022. 

The Spaniard has always made the competition a priority, with speculation now suggesting a move to Italian giants Juve is very much on the cards.

Allardyce is convinced that Juventus ‘do whatever it takes’ to get Guardiola in the summer with pressure mounting on Maurizio Sarri, and the move will also be a great opportunity for Guardiola to showcase his managerial brilliance in ​Serie A.

“I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona,” Allardyce said via the ​Mirror.

“He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been through the playing days and coaching behind the scenes with the youngsters, and then the top job, and then he wins the Champions League, La Liga on a regular basis and then goes: ‘Boosh! I’m having a year off.’

“Then he has three seasons there [at Bayern] and comes to Manchester City. He’s had some great years at Manchester City now and Italy is another challenge.“So he looks like it’s a bit of, ’I need to go to Italy and challenge myself there and show them what I can do in that country’.”

While Guardiola’s current contract doesn’t run out until 2021, there are ​various reports of a break clause that would allow him to leave one year before it is due to expire. City are currently placed second on the league table, an almost unassailable 25 points behind ​Premier League leaders ​Liverpool.


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