Former Barcelona coach Guardiola eyes return to coaching

ZURICH (AFP) - Former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola, currently on a one-year sabbatical, said on Monday he was already thinking about a return to coaching but stressed he didn't know at which club.

"I want to coach," said Guardiola, who left the Nou Camp last summer. "I'm young, I'm only 41 years old. Now I have another type of life, a type of life that I wanted to have at this moment, that's it.

"I don't have a team to go to, but yes, I'd like to return to coaching.

"I have taken a decision to return to coaching but beyond that no decision has been taken."

Guardiola's name has been linked with jobs at a raft of top-flight clubs and countries after his decision to step down as coach of Barcelona after four years in charge in which he delivered 14 trophies, including two Champions League titles.

"Pep", as he is known, said he felt pride at watching the team he once coached.

"I love coming to see Barcelona play. To see them play is a great show," said Guardiola, who was speaking here ahead of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

"I was lucky enough to have been with the team for a few years, and I'm delighted that everything's continuing as normal or even better.

"I feel happy that a club is admired and respected for its game," he said, adding that he now followed football as a "television fan" from his United States base.