The 43-year-old signed a four-year deal with Albion at the weekend, ending the Seagulls’ search for a new head coach following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea earlier this month.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber said the 43-year-old was the club’s “number one choice” and it turns out Manchester City’s manager called him to wish him well with the Sussex side.
The pair met at a restaurant in Manchester earlier this month and De Zerbi has previously said the former Barcelona boss was a big inspiration to him when learning his trade as a manager.
Guardiola said in May 2021 that he admired the Italian for playing in a way that went against the norm in Italy when managing Sassuolo and it is clear the Spaniard is still on good terms with De Zerbi. Now he has spoken about his conversation with the Man City boss on Sunday.
“As for Guardiola’s football, I think Pep is an unreachable coach, because he proved it in England, Germany, and Spain. Guardiola contacted me on Sunday, he’s very happy and spoke highly of this club, said he’s always ready to help me if I should need anything – except for the game we play against each other,” he said on Tuesday at his first Brighton press conference.