Pep Guardiola Drops Hint About Extending Manchester City Contract Following UCL Advancement

Pep Guardiola Drops Hint About Extending Manchester City Contract Following UCL Advancement
Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola during a press conference at Manchester City's training ground in north-west England on Nov. 27, 2023, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group G football match against RB Leipzig. (AFP)

On November 27, Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, hinted at the possibility of extending his current contract, originally set to run until 2025, despite earlier expectations of him leaving the English Premier League champions.

In an interview leading up to City’s UEFA Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, Guardiola responded positively when asked about the potential for a contract extension, stating, “Yeah, of course.” He went on to express his desire for the team that achieved 100 points in the 2017-18 season to stay together indefinitely, citing a common sentiment in football clubs.

While Guardiola signed a two-year extension just last November, previous reports had suggested his departure at the end of that contract. However, the 52-year-old manager has presided over a period of remarkable success at City, securing five league titles, numerous domestic cups, and the UEFA Champions League trophy last season. Manchester City has continued its strong performance in the current campaign, qualifying for the UCL knockout stage with four wins in four games leading up to the Leipzig match. However, the team faces injury concerns, with Jack Grealish, Mateo Kovacic, and Matheus Nunes undergoing late fitness tests.

Kevin De Bruyne is also in recovery from a hamstring issue, with Guardiola stating that the Belgian midfielder is expected to return early next year: “If he [De Bruyne] said ‘January,’ it will be January.” The potential extension of Guardiola’s contract may hinge on securing key players like De Bruyne to new deals, contributing to the club’s overall stability and success.


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