Pep Guardiola coy over long-term City future


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Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will still be Manchester City’s manager next season although he stopped short of committing his long-term future to the Premier League champions.

Guardiola took over the managerial reins at the Etihad Stadium during the summer of 2016 and, after enduring a transitional season last term, he has established City as the dominant force in the English top-flight this year.

The 47-year-old’s current contract with City is due to expire at the end of next season and he has confirmed he intends to honour that deal, although he was less open about whether he will sign extended terms with the club beyond then.

When asked if he would be signing a new deal, Guardiola said: “I have one more year. Next season I will be here.

“I want to finish good and then we can talk about what we have to do next season in terms of the people that are going to stay or going to buy.

“I am not finishing in two weeks or one month. In football, one more year is long. We are going to talk with the club.”

Guardiola certainly seems relaxed about his future and City supporters should not be too concerned, as the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss enjoys a good relationship with the Etihad Stadium hierarchy.

“They are friends of mine so we have time to talk about what is best for the club,” Guardiola added.

City are next in action when they play host to Brighton in their penultimate match of the season on Wednesday and they are priced at 1.13 to emerge from that contest with all three points, while the Seagulls are available at 19.00 and the draw is on offer at 8.00.

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