GUARDIOLA EYES LONG-TERM FU­TURE WITH MAN CITY

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

Manch­ester City Man­ager Pep Guardiola hopes to stay as long as pos­si­ble at the Pre­mier League club and build a squad that can de­liver long-term suc­cess, the Spa­niard has said.

City have spent over £200 mil­lion on trans­fers, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia, af­ter Guardiola failed to win a tro­phy for the first time in his man­age­rial ca­reer last sea­son.

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"I will try to re­main as long as pos­si­ble to help, to help City keep mov­ing for­ward and stay high," Guardiola, who be­gins the sec­ond of his three-year con­tract this sea­son, told reporters.

"I think the club has to work and lis­ten to the man­ager in the right mo­ment, but also take their own de­ci­sions in the fu­ture. No­body knows what will hap­pen. For all the man­agers in the world it de­pends on the re­sults."

Guardiola has made an ef­fort to sig­nif­i­cantly lower the av­er­age age of his City squad, over­see­ing de­par­tures of Pablo Za­baleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Alek­san­dar Ko­larov since the end of last cam­paign.

He also re­cruited sev­eral young­sters into the squad, in­clud­ing goal­keeper Eder­son, mid­fielder Bernardo Silva and full back Ben­jamin Mendy.

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