Pep Guardiola Not Sure of His Future at Man City


Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola prefers to sit on the fence as far as his future at the club is concerned. He is not ready to commit himself to a long term contract amid the uncertainty of City not playing in the Champions League from next season. 

The 49-year-old Spanish coach joined the club in 2016 after failing to help Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League in three years. He won everything in the German Bundesliga but failed to repeat the success he had with Barcelona (2007-2012) in European competitions. 

The same fate has followed the widely acclaimed tactician to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has won everything including a back to back Premier League title with Manchester City but he is yet to win the most desired trophy which is the UEFA Champions League for the club. 

His current contract with the club will expire on 30 June 2021 and yet the Spanish coach has not shown any sign that he would extend his stay at Manchester. 

In a press conference ahead of their FA Cup match against Newscaster, Pep Guardiola was asked whether he intends to reshape City to match up with Liverpool challenge, the former Barcelona manager said he didn't want to think too far. 

 “I’m incredibly excited for this part of the season, and the next one", he said. "I am incredibly satisfied to be in this club and to try to do our best."

"But I don’t want to think too far ahead. Now is not the time. I just think about today. We have a tough game away against Newcastle in the FA Cup and we have to be focused.”


His reluctancy to commit his future to Manchester City is believed to be linked to the two years ban UEFA has slammed on Manchester City for breaching financial fair play rule. The ban implies that City will not participate in any European club competitions from next season until after 2021-2022 season. 

City has appealed the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the court has been deliberating on it since early June and the court is expected to give a verdict before August 3 when the draws for next season will be made. 

Guardiola is not the only one who is not sure of his future at the club, Kevin De Bruyne has admitted earlier in the year that if the two year Euro ban stands, he might be forced to rethink his future at the club. 

Manchester City to give Liverpool Guard of Honour

Pep Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Pep Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp


Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City will give the new champions of the Premier League, Liverpool football club a guard of honour when they meet in the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, July 2. 

"We are going to do the guard of honour, of course", he said. "We will always receive Liverpool in an incredible way when they come to our house. So, of course, we are going to do this because they deserve it."

Guard of honour is a tradition to show respect to newly crowned champions of the Premier League. Since Manchester City are the immediate past champions of the league and they are meeting with Liverpool for the first time since they became the confirmed champions, City is expected to continue with the tradition.   

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