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Pep Guardiola gives hint about staying at Manchester City beyond 2019

679   //    01 Oct 2016, 18:59 IST
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Andre Schubert head coach of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Josep Guardiola manager of Manchester City look on from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Pep Guardiola wants to play good football for the City fans

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola might extend his managerial contract with the Manchester club. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss feels happy at the Etihad and is looking forward to making his City reign the longest managerial tenure in his career. 

According to Manchester Evening News, the 45-year-old Spaniard has already told Manchester City officials that he does not consider Manchester City as his final employers.

However, he has also indicated that he might stay beyond 2019, when his contract ends. 

Guardiola is very happy with his current club and had this to say, “I am so happy here so I’m not just thinking about ‘will it just be three years?” 

Under the management of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City enjoyed a 100% win record which was stopped by Scottish side Celtic in a 3-3 draw in a UEFA Champions League match earlier this week. 

Guardiola could stay beyond his contract which expires in 2019

Guardiola revealed that he decided it was time to move on in the last year of his contract when he was the manager of two of Europe’s powerhouses, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“When I decided to say goodbye to Barcelona and Bayern Munich, I decided in the last year. I said, ‘OK, it’s enough’. However, the newly appointed manager also said that in his current scenario with Manchester City, anything can happen. “I can stay more time or less,” he said. 

The Manchester City manager also thinks that if both the employer and the employee like each other, he might opt to stay with the Blues for a “longer” period of time. “But if they are happy with me I can stay that period and if I am happy and they are happy, why not longer?” said the Manchester City boss.

New contract depends on self-motivation

However, he also thinks any decision regarding the contract extension will depend on his self-motivation. “If I see the perspective to improve the team is not possible or I’m not happy anymore - when that happens I don’t want to be a problem with the club,” Guardiola explained. 

The manager also revealed that he is looking forward to “make good things” with the club and isn’t bother if they lose games, but is interested in playing good football for the Manchester City fans.

Manchester City will face high-flying Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. 

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