Pep Guardiola’s wife has gone back to live in Spain after spending three years with her hubby in England.
According to a report by Sunday Mirror Sport, Guardiola’s spouse, Cristina, returned to Barcelona with one of the couple’s three children to look after her business interests.
She owns a successful fashion company in Catalonia and has been managing the enterprise by commuting regularly from Manchester for the last three years. But the plan is for her to base herself in Barcelona for the next few months before returning permanently to the luxury city-centre apartment that has become home to the Guardiola family.
The arrangement means husband Pep will take care of the couple’s other two kids – as well as masterminding his club’s bid for a third successive Premier League title and Champions League glory while his wife is away.
The 48-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is in his fourth season at City and is contracted to the club until 2022 after signing an extension in May last year.
Guardiola met his wife when she was working in her family’s exclusive clothes boutique in Barcelona. He was playing for Barca at the time but visited the shop after being asked to do some modelling for designer Antonio Miro.
They got married in May 2014 and have three children, Marius, Maria and Valentina.