Emmanuel Petit thinks Pep Guardiola could use Man City’s Champions League ban as an opportunity to quit the club.
Guardiola joined City in 2016 and has gone on to win two Premier League titles but has so far failed to claim the Champions League.
The Manchester club have been handed a two-year ban from European competitions by Uefa because of financial fair play rule breaches.
They have appealed but if it is upheld then former Arsenal midfielder Petit thinks it may be the chance for Guardiola to jump ship and take a sabbatical.
He has done so previously when he left Barcelona in 2012, taking a year out before joining Bayern Munich.
“I think that could be an option for him [quitting City in the summer due to the Champions League ban],” Petit told the Mirror.
“It could be an opportunity for him to step back and have some rest. It wasn’t a long time ago that he seemed clearly tired of being manager.”
Guardiola has insisted he is happy at the club and will stay until at least the end of his contract, which runs until 2021.
Petit thinks that Man City will have far bigger problems to worry about than the departure of their manager.
“You never know what could happen, but for me the biggest worry is not what could happen if Guardiola leaves the club – there will be another manager coming if he leaves – for me the future of City is not linked with Guardiola forever,” Petit continued.
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“For me the main worry is what would happen to Manchester City if the ban is still on the table after the appeal. Everything that City has been doing for the past five, six, seven years, in terms of investment.
“Everything they have been building could be ending soon. It could change everything at the club. Top players want to play in top competitions.”