Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ‘fully intends’ to see out his contract at the club, though is yet to decide whether he will extend his stay at the Etihad beyond 2021.
Speculation had emerged in recent months that Guardiola could walk away from Man City at the end of the current season, the reigning champions having endured a difficult campaign and currently sitting a huge 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, having played a game more.
The club’s hopes of defending their title appear all but over, but according to the Telegraph, talk of Guardiola leaving the champions is premature.
The Spaniard is currently contracted to the club until the summer of 2021, and according to sources of the newspaper, he has every intention of seeing out his contract with plans already underway in terms of summer recruitment as the 48-year-old seeks to bolster his squad.
However, despite those plans and his happiness at the club, Guardiola wants reassurances his players retain the same ‘belief’ in him before he commits to an extended deal.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has enjoyed a hugely successful period in English football thus far, winning five major honours including back-to-back league titles and an unprecedented domestic treble.
Guardiola has accepted that his side look likely to lose their title as champions to Liverpool this season, but is keen to secure success in both domestic trophies as well as targeting a maiden Champions League, City set to face Real Madrid in the first leg of a huge last-16 showdown next month.