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Report: Guardiola exhausted and considering a sabbatical after next season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering a sabbatical from football at the end of next season.

The Spaniard previously took a year’s break from the game after leaving Barcelona in 2012, spending the majority of his time in New York before returning to management at Bayern Munich the following year.

According to the Daily Star, City’s treble-winning season has left the Spaniard exhausted, with the 48-year-old considering another break from the pressures of first-team management.

The City boss has never previously spent more than four years at a club, with next season his fourth since arriving in Manchester in 2016.

Guardiola’s current deal at the Etihad runs until 2021, though the reports suggest the former Barcelona manager could walk away from the club at the end of next season, should City win the Champions League.

The news is likely to come as a blow to the Premier League champions, who have set new standards in winning back-to-back titles over the past two campaigns.

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