‘Huge hon­our to man­age one

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LOTTE DUNCKER By DANIEL MUR­PHY

PEP Guardi­ola has said he is in no rush to ex­tend his City con­tract and be­lieves he needs to earn a new one.

The City boss is out of con­tract in sum­mer 2021 and there has al­ready been spec­u­la­tion he could leave the Blues early if the club don’t win the Pre­mier League again this sea­son.

Jur­gen Klopp signed a new long term deal with Liver­pool last week but Guardi­ola, who ar­rived at City in 2016, has ex­plained why he is in no rush.

“I have one more year and al­ways I have to de­serve to ex­tend my con­tract,” Guardi­ola

MIKEL Arteta has spo­ken out af­ter com­plet­ing his move to man­age for­mer club Arse­nal.

Arteta, right, had been on the City staff since his re­tire­ment in 2016 and helped the club to win two Pre­mier Leagues, two Carabao Cups and an FA Cup dur­ing his ten­ure. said ahead of City’s game with Le­ices­ter. “Man­agers, we have to get re­sults, at this club you have to win. In foot­ball, we spoke about this, the sit­u­a­tion changed a lot, man­agers to­day, even in this coun­try, they change a lot.

“In just four or five months, how many man­agers have been sacked? So that’s why we have to be pa­tient and do our job. We still have six months,

Pep Guardi­ola

Arteta told Arse­nal on his ap­point­ment: “This is a huge hon­our. Arse­nal is one of the big­gest clubs in the world.

‘‘We need to be com­pet­ing for the top tro­phies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my dis­cus­sions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the se­nior peo­ple from the club.”

Arteta added: “We all know there plus 12 months, so a lot of time, so we have pa­tience, be have an in­cred­i­ble re­la­tion­ship with the board, with the peo­ple who de­cide, and we will take the de­ci­sion that is best for the club.” The long­est time Guardi­ola has spent at a club is four years at Barcelona and while there con­tin­ues to be spec­u­la­tion that he won’t see out his five-year deal at the Eti­had the Spaniard in­sists he is happy in Manch­ester.

“I said many times how in­cred­i­ble, what a good time I have here, and I would like to stay as long as pos­si­ble,” he said. “So that is my de­sire, but I will only be sure if it’s the best for the club that they want me to stay longer.’’

“That’s why there’s no rush, it’s not fin­ish­ing in three or four months. The club is work­ing per­fectly in all de­part­ments, so it’s not a prob­lem, hon­estly.” is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am con­fi­dent we’ll do it.

‘‘I’m re­al­is­tic enough to know it won’t hap­pen overnight but the cur­rent squad has plenty of tal­ent and there is a great pipeline of young play­ers com­ing through from the academy.”

Arse­nal had been with­out a man­ager for nearly three weeks

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