Guus Hiddink thinks Pep Guardiola would suit "any big team in the world". The 44-year-old Spaniard announced his plan to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the 2015/16 season to join a Premier League club.
Hiddink, Chelsea's interim manager, thinks the Champions League-winning manager would do a good job irrespective of which club he joins. Guardiola has been heavily linked with the managerial role at Manchester City, but Hiddink does not think it is fair to speculate on his future destination.
"He would fit in any big team in the world. He has shown in a very fast career that he is capable of managing a team very well. But it's difficult to say he must go to a certain team in the Premier League and I don't want to put more pressure on managers and directors. Let it come as it comes," Hiddink said, according to ESPN.
"He has worked in La Liga, he has worked in the Bundesliga and now he wants to work in the Premier League. I have had this experience. Unfortunately I never worked in Germany but the Bundesliga is a beautiful league, the Spanish league I worked in for several years and it's a beautiful league, so I can understand that he expresses his desire to work in the Premier League."
Guardiola has been criticised in some quarters for his decision to reveal his desire to manage in the Premier League, which has led to speculation over the coaching jobs at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. However, the Dutchman does not think Guardiola deliberately intended to unsettle any clubs.
"It can put pressure on other managers but knowing him a bit, I think he was asked to express his ambition, his desire to work in one of the biggest leagues in the world," Hiddink explained. "I don't think he is playing a game, putting pressure on clubs and managers. Some managers do that but it's just an expression of desire."
Manchester City are thought to be long-time admirers of Guardiola and are the club most strongly linked with the former Spain international. However, Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich is also believed to be a fan of Guardiola's eye-catching style of football, which he has successfully implemented at both of his previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Guardiola has been linked with Manchester United, too, with Louis van Gaal coming under pressure following a string of poor results and performances.