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Guardiola to continue sabbatical

August 17, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Pep Guardiola has not been offered the Brazil manager's job and is currently happily taking a break from football in New York, his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, has said.

Pep Guardiola
PA PhotosPep Guardiola is spending time away from football in New York

Brazil boss Mano Menezes is under pressure after overseeing a surprise defeat to Mexico in the Olympic final in London, but former Barcelona coach Guardiola has not been offered his job.

"I have never had any contact with the Confederacion Brasilena de Futbol (CBF)," Orobitg told Brazilian paper Lance on Friday.

"I have spoken regularly with Pep, and he has given me instructions not to negotiate with anybody. He lives in New York and is happy there with his wife and children, who have enrolled in school."

The agent confirmed that there had been contact in relation to the Russia job vacancy - recently filled by ex-England coach Fabio Capello - but said his client and was more interested in a club post when he did return to football.

"It is difficult to talk about the future," Orobitg said. "But I do not think Pep would take over Brazil or any other national team because he likes club football, and particularly in Europe."