Pep Guardiola might leave Manchester City at the end of the current season.
Or he might stay. Under these uncertain circumstances, Rio Ferdinand has drawn out the obvious bold choices players will have to make before choosing to sign for City.
“I was never really in that position as a player. Obviously, Sir Alex Ferguson was always fully committed and heart on his sleeve in that respect,” he told BT Sport. “But Pep is a different animal, a different character.
“It’s more important, I think, about what he’s relaying to the players. I think if he’s speaking to the players and filling them with confidence, then it’s OK.
“But the big problem, I think, with the club in the wider picture will be recruitment. If they’re talking to players they want to get hold of in January or the following window, if I’m that player, I’m only coming there, really, if Pep’s there, or I want to know at least who’s next in charge before I make my decision and commit.
“So the bigger picture is probably the bigger question – but his history does suggest that he makes late decisions on his contracts and where he wants to go. Man City will probably know that and be very well aware of that. Listen, who wouldn’t want that guy in their dugout?”