Pep Guardiola is prepared to stand out of football for as long as it takes to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.The Sun says Guardiola is ready to snub Chelsea because he wants to boss Manchester United.

The former Barcelona coach, who is on a year's sabbatical in New York, fancies moving in at Old Trafford when Alex Ferguson retires.

That could be at the end of this season.

If not, Guardiola would be prepared to hold out for another year.

Fergie and Guardiola are close friends and have met privately in New York.

A source close to Guardiola said: "The whole history of Manchester United, his relationship with Sir Alex and the way the club is run appeals to Pep.

"Right now I'd be astonished if he went to Chelsea. He really wants to wait for the United job even if it means extending his time out of the game."