Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has expressed his disappointment at Pep Guardiola’s decision to join Manchester City over their cross-city rivals Manchester United when speaking to Esports Cope.
It was announced last week that Guardiola would replace current boss Manuel Pellegrini in the summer on a three-year deal.
Cruyff, 68, feels that The Red Devils have ‘more tradition’ than City and that the increasing pressure on Louis Van Gaal would have opened an opportunity for the Spanish coach.
I would have liked Pep at United – they have more tradition than City.
However, the Dutch forward did concede that, with the current situation at the Etihad Stadium, he could understand why Guardiola made the choice to become Manuel Pellegrini’s successor.
It is a good moment to work at City, though, because they have the set-up, the money and the will to create a good team.
Cruyff also commented on the recent speculation linking Brazilian star Neymar with a Guardiola reunion and says that the youngster should stay at the Nou Camp.
There is a mix between romanticism to always play for the same club and tempting offers from elsewhere. Money is very powerful. We already know Neymar’s situation at Barca is very good, but there are always better [offers]. I hope he stays.