Pep Guardiola has denied rumours that he could leave his post at Manchester City at the end of the season – claiming he’ll only leave if and when he’s sacked.
After failing to win any silverware during his first campaign as Sky Blues boss, the Catalan secured back-to-back Premier League titles in 2018 and 2019. However, their push for a third successive top-flight triumph has fallen flat this term, with City trailing leaders Liverpool by 14 points and playing one game more.
Following the champions’ damaging 3-1 loss at Anfield in November, various media outlets ran stories suggesting Guardiola could look to move on in the summer, though he was quick to dismiss such rumours.
Nevertheless, questions regarding his future at the City helm have refused to go away, leading the 49-year-old to once more address concerns.
He said (as quoted by Goal): “I say many times, unless the club sack me, I’m going to stay, 100%.
“For sure, 100% I’m going to stay here next season. Not just because we won the last two games, or we’re playing better the last few months. I enjoy working with them and I like it, but even if it’s going bad and we are not in the Champions League, I will not leave.
“As a manager, there are good and bad moments. You don’t win all the time. But, it’s all about what we can do next and how we can improve.”
Guardiola’s contract with the club is due to expire in the summer of 2021, though it’s believed there’s a clause in the deal which would allow him to walk away once the 2019/20 campaign reaches its conclusion.