Arsenal have not given up hope of enticing Pep Guardiola

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Pep Guardiola still has “everything to prove” as a manager, according to Glenn Hoddle.

The former England manager is convinced that moving to the Premier League would be the biggest test of the 44-year-old’s career.

Guardiola has announced he will end his three-year Bayern Munich tenure at the end of the season, when he is expected to take his first job in the English top flight.

Manchester City have offered him a deal that would make him the best-paid manager in the world, while there is also interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.

The 44-year-old Spaniard has been hailed as one of the greatest managers in the game after winning 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona before leading Bayern to two successive Bundesliga championships.

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But Hoddle has warned Guardiola that the Premier League will prove to be a far tougher challenge.

“He will have everything to prove in this country because it is different here,” Hoddle said. “If you go to Bournemouth – it is not like Barcelona going to Getafe or a team down the bottom where they are scared stiff of you.

“There are three teams in La Liga. The rest are technically good teams but they all play the same way. In this country you have to earn every single point you get.”

Hoddle, who was speaking at a Serafino 4th EDGE football boot event, added: “I would really like him to come and test himself whoever he goes to – whether it is Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea – this will be a real test for him and he knows that.

“Barcelona is a test because it is a massive club. It is so powerful in Spain and they are a very special team. Bayern Munich are the same.

“But this league – particularly like it is this year – is a test for any manager and it will be his biggest test.”