Ask him the question and he’ll tell you the answer is no, but Pep Guardiola has almost certainly started his preparations for when he takes the reigns at Manchester City.
Whether he has confided these plans or kept them concealed inside his cranium, Guardiola has definitely devoted some time thinking about the changes he’ll make upon his arrival at the Etihad.
This is a presupposition shared across sports desks at every newspaper in England, whose employees have taken to speculating as to what alterations the revered Spaniard may make on a daily basis.
Today’s serving of Guardiola-themed theorising tells of a raid on the Arsenal midfield in a throwback to the turn of the decade with a twist for Man City fans.
It appears the days where the Citizens’ bottomless transfer war chest could guarantee them any Gunner they desired are gone, but their admiration for those au fait with Arsene Wenger’s coaching methods have not been extinguished.
Guardiola has appreciated how the Frenchman rolls too, and wasn’t averse to Barcelona’s pulling power to procure his best players when he used to call the shots at the Camp Nou.
Now the 45-year-old is City-bound, where better to look for his first signing than Arsenal?
While he undoubtedly respects the skills of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, the Gunners’ star he wants first is not one any fan would wish to keep.
Rapidly declining veteran Mikel Arteta is the player in question, who is allegedly considering retirement due to persistent struggles with injury and the borderline-impossible task he faces to regain his anchorman spot in the team now Arsenal can afford to buy specialists in this position.
Calling time on his playing career is the only way Arteta will get his move to Manchester, with Guardiola thought to be keen on adding him to his backroom team.
The opportunity may be good enough to tempt the 33-year-old to hang up his boots too.
Best pal Xabi Alonso quit Real Madrid for Bayern Munich so he could spend a couple of seasons under Guardiola’s wing in a bid to augment his coaching clout ahead of a move into management.
It’s an ambition he shares with his old mate Arteta and, with the ageing Gunner’s prospects of playing at the highest level fading fast, he’d be foolish to spurn this glorious chance to walk into one of the most coveted backroom posts in the game.