Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has given a subtle indication that he may consider prolonging his contract at the club beyond 2025. Despite recently signing a two-year extension, rumors have circulated that he would depart once his current deal concludes. However, Guardiola has now suggested otherwise.
In a press conference prior to City’s upcoming UEFA Champions League match against RB Leipzig, Guardiola was asked about the team’s ongoing development and if it could influence his decision to stay. He chose not to provide a direct response, stating, “I possess vigor and determination. I will refrain from answering. In football, a year and a half holds great significance. Just look at how much has changed since my arrival with lengthy hair.” When asked about the potential extension of his contract, Guardiola responded by saying that he is open to the idea and even willing to leave tomorrow if necessary. He expressed his desire for the team that achieved 100 points in the 2017-18 season to remain together indefinitely, but acknowledged that this is something that happens at all clubs.
Since joining City in 2016, Guardiola has experienced remarkable success. He has secured five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, as well as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. In their inaugural campaign, City triumphed in the Champions League, claiming the prestigious trophy for the first time in their existence.
City’s current season has commenced with great strength, as they have emerged victorious in all four of their group stage fixtures, ensuring their advancement to the knockout rounds. Their upcoming confrontation in European competition is scheduled against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, City may encounter certain setbacks due to injuries prior to the match. The availability of Jack Grealish, Mateo Kovacic, and Matheus Nunes remains uncertain, while Kevin De Bruyne is still in the process of recuperating from a hamstring ailment. De Bruyne has recently mentioned that he will return to the field shortly after the start of the New Year. Guardiola has reassured everyone that if De Bruyne specified “January,” it will indeed be January, and if he mentioned “end of December or the new year,” it will bring joy to all as we enter the new year.
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