I would love to sign a new City con­tract but must first de­serve one, says Guardi­ola

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By James Ducker

Pep Guardi­ola has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to sign a new con­tract with Manch­ester City.

Guardi­ola is out of con­tract at the Eti­had Sta­dium at the end of the sea­son but, de­spite claim­ing he must prove he war­rants an ex­ten­sion, the coach ex­pressed a de­sire to stay at the club.

“I would love to stay longer here,” said Guardi­ola, who kicks off his fifth sea­son in charge of City against Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers at Mo­lineux tonight.

“It is a place I like to be, but I have to de­serve [a new con­tract]. This club achieved stan­dards in the last decade, but we have to ex­tend that.

“We have [ev­ery] three days a game so we don’t have much time to think about it. I see ev­ery day Txiki [Be­giris­tain, the City di­rec­tor of foot­ball] and Fer­ran [So­ri­ano, the chief ex­ec­u­tive] and I speak ev­ery week with [chair­man] Khal­doon [AlMubarak]. When it is go­ing to hap­pen, it is go­ing to hap­pen. It will not be a prob­lem for the club.

“I would not be here if I didn’t feel the fire or de­sire to play good. Still I have pas­sion to do it and maybe more than ever. I want more than ever to build the team.”

Asked if the club wanted to see how the sea­son pro­gressed first, af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of fin­ish­ing

Stay­ing on: Pep Guardi­ola says he still has the pas­sion to man­age Manch­ester City 18 points be­hind Premier League cham­pi­ons Liver­pool and crash­ing out of the Cham­pi­ons League at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage, Guardi­ola added: “No, we didn’t speak with the club in these terms.

“They didn’t push me from day one to to­day in Septem­ber. They al­low me to do my job the best I can. They didn’t tell me you have to do this or you have to do that.”

Guardi­ola will be with­out striker Ser­gio Aguero and de­fender Aymeric La­porte against Wolves as the man­ager hit out at the de­ci­sion to re­vert to a max­i­mum of three sub­sti­tutes from seven play­ers on the bench this sea­son.

City were among the clubs who wanted to con­tinue to use five sub­sti­tutes from nine, but those pro­pos­als were de­feated in a vote of the 20 Premier League clubs, with those op­posed tak­ing the view that such mea­sures would ben­e­fit the big­ger clubs with big­ger squads.

Guardi­ola has ac­cused those who voted against the plan of fail­ing to pro­tect the play­ers and risk­ing in­juries while fix­tures are be­ing con­densed into an even tighter sched­ule due to the Covid-19 cri­sis.

Mean­while, Guardi­ola re­vealed that Fer­nand­inho would cap­tain City this sea­son af­ter the first-team squad chose the vet­eran Brazil­ian as David Silva’s suc­ces­sor.

It is un­der­stood that mid­fielder Kevin De Bruyne was picked as the club’s vice-cap­tain.

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