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Guardiola assures Man City fans he will stay at Etihad for at least two more seasons

Pep Guardiola has assured Manchester City fans he has no intention of leaving the club and will remain at the Etihad for at least the next two seasons.

The Spaniard had been linked with the vacant managerial position at Italian champions Juventus, however, the 48-year-old insists he is happy in Manchester after winning back-to-back Premier League titles.

Guardiola led Man City to English football’s first ever domestic treble last season, and says there is ‘no better place in the world’ to work than the Premier League.

“There’s no better place in the world to play and do your job as a manager than in England,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.

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“I can compare it to Spain and Germany. I haven’t been to other countries, but they would be quite similar. If I go to Italy it would be quite similar to Spain. In other places fans boo you if you don’t win but here it’s always supportive. It’s like I am in a blue shirt and I am one of you.

“I remember in the first year it was difficult. After the defeat to Monaco in the Champions League and we were not doing well in the Premier League, the people still supported you.

“The important thing is the club followed our idea. Normally at most clubs if you win that is perfect and if you lose that is not good. Here it doesn’t happen, that is one of the reasons why I decide to come here.

“I didn’t win a title in the first year and people still supported us. I will never forget that. You can work calmly. It’s the ideal. It’s the perfect place to work. I don’t know at other clubs in England but I especially feel it here.

“That’s why I am happy to reward their confidence with my players for the next two seasons.”

The Juventus job is now likely to be taken by Maurizio Sarri, and on this week’s The Football Faithful Podcast, there was an arguement being made for Frank Lampard to replace him at Chelsea…