It's official: Pep Guardiola is on his way back to management. Now the question remains:
Where will he coach next?
Guardiola's future plans lead this post-Ballon d'Or Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside we also have gossip about Iker Casillas, Radamel Falcao, Lucas Biglia, Frank Lampard and more.
Read on for all the details.
Former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will return to management "next year" (via Marca).
Speaking at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, Guardiola denied he is in talks with either Bayern Munich or Brazil.
"Bayern has (Jupp) Heynckes and it would be disrespectful to speak now about a team who has a coach," said Guardiola, 41. "I want to return to management next year and that's what I'll do, but nothing has been decided."
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has declined to rule out a move to Italy (via ESPN FC).
Speaking at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony, Falcao said he is focused on playing with Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old earned a spot in the FIFPro Team of the Year and was a finalist for the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
Falcao did, however, hint that he has a favorite Italian team:
Right now I am thinking only of the present. However, you can never say never - who knows what is in store for me? I do not exclude a future in Italy. I do have a favourite club (there), but I would prefer not to tell you.
Falcao joined Atletico from Porto in 2011.
Arsenal are interested in Spain and Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, according to online reports cited by Marca.
Casillas, 31, reportedly has been involved in a long-running dispute with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. On Monday, he was named in the FIFPro Team of the Year at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.
Arsenal's current No. 1 is Polish international Wojciech Szczesny.
Meanwhile, The Independent is reporting that Arsenal are considering an £8 million move for Anderlecht's Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia.
Biglia, 26, has two years left on his contract and is seen as a potential replacement for Alex Song, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer.
Manchester United are considering a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard (via Daily Telegraph).
Lampard, 34, is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season. His agent has indicated Lampard will leave the club in the summer.
The Telegraph also reports that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a £16 million summer move for Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian winger Nene favors a return to Brazil over a move to Qatar, according to the player's agent (via ESPN FC).
Nene, 31, has lost his spot in Carlo Ancelotti's team at PSG and has been linked with Qatar's Al Arabi, where he would reportedly earn €5 million annually.
But Nene's agent, Didier Domat, said: "Even if the conditions are very interesting, he doesn't want to bury himself in Qatar. There's no agreement with any club, but we should find a solution in the next two or three days."
Corinthians and Santos are reportedly interested. Nene has previously played for both. AC Milan, Galatasaray and Besiktas are also reportedly interested.
Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen will become the next coach of Major League Soccer club Toronto FC, according to Canadian reports (via Associated Press).
Nelsen, 35, captains New Zealand and joined QPR in 2012. The hiring is expected to be announced Tuesday.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp said:
He has been fantastic. … He's one of the best pros I've ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader. He is a massive part of your team (but) he wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.
Nelsen played in MLS from 2001 to 2004 with DC United.