Guardiola will join Manchester City after Bayern contract ends, claims Scholes

The ex-Manchester United midfielder expects the Spaniard to move to the Eithad Stadium in 2016, while he also feels Jurgen Klopp would be a success in the Premier League

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Pep Guardiola will move to Manchester City once his contract with Bayern Munich expires.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Jurgen Klopp following his surprise announcement that he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

While Scholes feels Klopp would be a success in the Premier League he believes that it is Guardiola who will take over at City once the 44-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2016.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he [Klopp] would be a success in English football, the only question is at which club,” he wrote in his column in The Independent.

“Manchester City is the destination that has been mentioned more than once but all the information that comes back to me in Manchester is that Pep Guardiola will take that job when his contract at Bayern Munich expires in one year’s time.”

Despite Guardiola already having won the Champions League twice as a manager, Scholes feels he would find success in Europe difficult at Manchester City.

“As for Guardiola, establishing Manchester City as European champions would be bigger than any of the challenges he has faced so far in his career,” he added.

“I accept that when he took over at Barcelona they were a long way from the side that won the 2006 Champions League. In Frank Rijkaard’s last season they finished third, 18 points behind the champions Real Madrid, but even so Guardiola had a lot of the pieces already in place.

“While City have many good players, they have never gone beyond the second round of the Champions League, much less won it.

“Making them the best side in Europe would be a far more difficult task than doing the same at Barcelona or Bayern Munich, the latter of whom Guardiola took over after they won the Treble.

“It would not be easy, but then Guardiola is not there to do the small jobs. He is there to make the difference between a good team and a great team.”