Pep Guardiola hints at Man City exit after Premier League win

Pep Guardiola will be entering the final year of his contract at Man City.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has given a hint on his future at Etihad after next season. He has admitted that he is “closer to leaving than staying” at Man City after leading the club to a record 4th consecutive Premier League title.

The former Barcelona manager is one of the greatest managers of all time after seeing his numbers. He has spent eight seasons at Man City and has won a total of 17 trophies.

Man City become the biggest club in Europe since his arrival. He won 6 Premier League titles in the last seven. Phil Foden’s brace and Rodri guided Man City to win against West Ham United on the final day of the 2023-24 season.

Guardiola will be entering the final year of his contract at Man City and he has confirmed that he will remain in charge next season.

Guardiola told Sky Sports in a post-match interview after lifting the Premier League trophy, “The reality is I’m closer to leaving than to staying.”

“It’s eight years, will be nine. Right now my feeling is I want to stay next season. We talked with the club, we have time to talk next season because I have to see the players as well, if they follow me, they follow us.

“I want to stay next season. During the season, we will talk. But after eight, nine years…”

During the post-match press conference, Guardiola suggested that he is running out of things to achieve at Man City. He said, “I had that feeling last season [after we won the treble]. We were in Istanbul (after winning Champions League) and I said, ‘It’s over. What am I doing here? There is nothing left.’ But I have a contract. I am here and I am still enjoying some of the moments, sometimes tired but some of them I love.

“And after a few days, we start playing good, winning games, different players, and we start to think about how no one has done four in a row. Why not try it?

“Now, I am feeling it is done. What next? I don’t know, right now. Well, I know it is FA Cup. I know no team in all history, Gary Lineker told me – I did not know it – no team has done back-to-back Premier Leagues and FA Cups.

“So, it is [against] our rivals, and what I want is for my players to enjoy it for two or three days, and then we have two or three days to prepare the final.

“But, next season, right now, I am not able to know what will be the motivation to do it. It is difficult sometimes to find it when everything is done.

“But I know that the players and myself will be there and think, why shouldn’t we win today? Why not? Why should we not work as much as possible to do what we have to do? And I know we are going to do it. I know.”

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