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Guardiola denies reports he will quit Man City for sabbatical

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied reports he will quit the club and take a sabbatical from football.

Speculation had emerged that last season’s domestic treble success had left the Spaniard feeling exhausted by the demands of first-team management.

Sections of the press had reported that the 48-year-old could look to leave the Etihad next summer if Man City win the Champions League, before taking a year-long break from the game at the end of this coming season.

Guardiola previously took a sabbatical after leaving Barcelona in 2012, spending a year away from football before returning at German giants Bayern Munich in 2013.

The City boss, who has two years remaining on his contract, has since moved to deny reports he could opt to leave the club.

“No. I do not take sabbatical years. I am young and I have desire,” Guardiola told reporters at a Golf event in Spain.

“The news comes out and many things are not true. If they do not kick me out, I’ll stay there.”

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