Guardi­ola’s in Blue heaven


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By STU­ART BREN­NAN

PEP Guardi­ola has slammed ru­mours he is un­happy at City and hinted he wants to stay be­yond the end of his con­tract in 2021.

The Blues boss said his team’s per­for­mance in de­feat at Liver­pool a fort­night ago had - far from mak­ing him think about leav­ing re­in­forced his desire to stay.

Bay­ern Mu­nich are said to be eye­ing up a re­turn for Guardi­ola, but - as re­ported by M.E.N. Sport ear­lier in the week – the man­ager’s agent had al­ready played down those ru­mours.

And Guardi­ola used his press con­fer­ence ahead of to­mor­row’s clash with Chelsea to make it plain the only way he will be leav­ing City, as this stands, will be if he gets the sack.

De­feat at An­field, and Guardi­ola’s in­creas­ing frus­tra­tion with of­fi­cials - which was in ev­i­dence at the end of that game fed the no­tion that he is tir­ing of the English game and could seek an exit. The news that his wife and fam­ily have re­turned to Barcelona also fu­elled the idea he could cut short his stay in Manch­ester.

But Guardi­ola came out strongly against such talk, say­ing: “Why do peo­ple think that? Be­cause I’ve lost at An­field? That’s an odd rea­son, the real sit­u­a­tion is 198 points in two sea­sons ex­cep­tional.

“The first sea­son at An­field saw one shot on tar­get, but the last game all the shots, cor­ners, in the most dif­fi­cult sta­dium in the world. That’s my job. I will leave when I feel my team are not play­ing like that at An­field. I don’t have that feel­ing, maybe the play­ers say the op­po­site, I don’t have that feel­ing. If it’s not enough, next sea­son will be bet­ter.

“I want to stay. If peo­ple think I will re­sign or be sacked they are wrong. I want to be here 100 per cent next sea­son, I want to live here and if they de­cide the re­sults are get­ting worse, that’s nor­mal.

“If I don’t win I’m in trou­ble but I’m in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fied, I want to help this club to get bet­ter.”

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