Rumors about a potential Pep Guardiola exit from Manchester City have increased in recent times. The Spaniard boss, however, has responded to those claims that he could leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of this campaign.
Guardiola's contract runs through the end of the 2020/21 season and, he said he will see out his current deal, even if City fail to make it a hat-trick of Premier League titles. The current Premier League champions are currently in fourth place, nine points behind leaders Liverpool, following a 3-1 defeat at Anfield before the international break.
Guardiola’s wife has returned to Barcelona to live with one of their three children, raising the prospect of the 48-year-old finishing his spell at Manchester prematurely.
Besides, he’s been one of the candidates to take over at Bayern Munich, his prior team before he joined City. Still, Pep made it clear that he won’t go anywhere, as he’s happy with his current side.
“If people ask if I want to stay? I want to stay,” said Guardiola, via the Mirror. “I don’t have any reasons to move from here.
“I’m incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if people think I’m going to resign or be sacked for these results and nine points behind, people don’t know me.
“I like to be in this challenge, I love to be in this position. And, if the club wants me next season, I want to be here, 100 percent.
“I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here.
“But if they decide the results are getting worse, they’re going to take a decision, that’s normal.
“It’s not because I am friends with Txiki [Begiristain, sporting director] that I’m going to stay for the rest of my life. I’m here because I win.
“If I don’t win, I’m in trouble, I know that, but I’m incredibly satisfied to work in this city and this club and I want to help this club to get better.
“I still enjoy working with these players a lot and I would like to stay longer. If the club wants, I will stay.”
It looks like the clubs interested in stealing the Spanish tactician will have to wait, as Pep looks set to stay put at City, at least until his contract is finished.