Guardiola: I want to stay at Man City

Pep Guardiola has insisted he wants to stay at Man City and has even suggested he would be open to extending his stay at the club.

The Catalan has never been one for sticking around in his previous managerial roles, spending four years at Barcelona and three years in charge of Bayern Munich before taking over at Man City in 2016.

With City having had an indifferent start to the season, slipping nine points behind league leaders Liverpool after just 12 games, some have suggested that Guardiola could be tempted away from the reigning Premier League champions, Bayern said to be interested in re-hiring him.

In fairness, the 48-year-old has always remained adamant that he would remain at the Etihad until the end of his current contract which is set to expire in 2021, though speaking ahead of City’s game against third-placed Chelsea this evening, Pep Guardiola expressed his happiness at the East Manchester outfit, even suggesting he is open to signing a new deal.

“If the people say, ‘Do I want to stay?’, I want to stay,” Guardiola told the media at his pre-match press conference.

“I don’t have any reasons to move from here. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people believe I am going to resign or be sacked for these results and (being) nine points behind, the people doesn’t know me, they don’t know me.

“I love the challenge. I like to be in this position. And if the club wants [me] next season, I want to be here, 100 per cent. I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here.

“If they decide that because results are getting worse and worse and worse, they are going to take a decision. That’s normal. It’s not because I am friends with Txiki (Begiristain) that I am going to stay for the rest of my life. I am sitting here because I win. If I don’t win, I’m in trouble. I know that, but I’m incredibly satisfied to work in this city and this club and I want to help this club to get better.

“I still enjoy working with these players a lot and I would like to stay longer. I would like to stay longer. If the club wants, I will stay.”

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