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Guardiola ‘sure’ that Arteta will succeed him as Man City boss

Pep Guardiola reckons that Mikel Arteta will replace him as Manchester City manager when he eventually leaves the Etihad.

Arteta has worked under Guardiola since the Spaniard’s appointment as Man City boss in 2016, and has developed a reputation as an incredibly astute coach, while also being in the privileged position of being able to learn from one of the greatest managers of all time.

The former Everton and Arsenal midfielder has been linked with a number of managerial posts over the last couple of years, including as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in 2018, while he was also thought to be a target for Newcastle earlier this summer.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s tie against Watford, a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final, Pep Guardiola thinks that his Spanish compatriot will ultimately replace him at the Etihad.

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“I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” Guardiola said.

Speaking further about Arteta’s qualities, Guardiola praised his ‘incredible work ethic’ and tactical awareness.

“Sooner or later it’s going to happen,” Guardiola added.

“He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.

“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions.

“We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”

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