Manchester City nearly missed Pep Guardiola becoming their new manager in 2016 after insisting on luxury living in the city center, a book has revealed – before moving to his current apartment
- Pep Guardiola insisted on living in Manchester city center in 2016
- Club feared deal collapsed, book says
- City scrambled to find a property that met the manager’s needs
- Ultimately, however, Guardiola opted for a lavish apartment in a luxury apartment building.
Manchester City have hardly been able to hire Pep Guardiola as their new manager after insisting on living in the city center, according to a book.
It is understood that many of the club’s players prefer to live outside of the hustle and bustle as they usually live in leafy Cheshire mansions.
But Guardiola is said to have been keen to base himself directly in the thick of the action, a position that has made city leaders sweat as they try to find him a property.
Manchester City almost missed out on Pep Guardiola due to his demands for city accommodation
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich tactician agreed to succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in February 2016 and set out to find a new home.
However, the book Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam – written by Pol Ballus and Lu Martin – revealed that the club feared he would go back on his word.
Indeed, part of the novel tells of how football director Txiki Begirisain asked David Quintana, the player liaison officer, to speak with Guardiola in Munich.
Guardiola, as he did in Munich, wanted to live in luxury in the hustle and bustle in 2016
Ballus and Martin wrote: “In Munich, the Guardiola family had lived in a spacious mansion on Sophienstrasse.
“Pep asked for accommodation of a similar standard in Manchester and the problem risked becoming a compromise.
“Quintana and Pep met over a three hour lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
“Lunch was spent discussing key elements of club organization, infrastructure, players, but the issues around the Guardiolas’ new home remained unresolved.
But in the end, after the deal was made, Guardiola settled for a luxury apartment.
He lives in the Deansgate CitySuites ApartHotel, which offers stunning views over Manchester
“The problem was, Pep refused to live anywhere other than the city center and there just wasn’t the right property for him.
‘It didn’t exist. Begiristain could see all his plans go up in smoke. The deal to bring Pep to City was in jeopardy.
However, the situation was resolved with City’s promise to ‘build’ Guardiola the property they wanted, despite the family moving into a luxury apartment.
Each apartment has its own large living room and is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen
A swimming pool, where Guardiola can spend his free time, is also accessible in the building
His current home is located in the Deansgate CitySuites in central Manchester.
The building has 16 floors and houses 237 one and two bedroom apartments, all with their own well-equipped kitchens and large living rooms.
Two floors are occupied by private apartments, and it is here that Guardiola spends part of his free time away from the sideline.