Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied any speculation that his contract situation is linked to the club’s performance in the Champions League.
City pulled out of this year’s competition in dramatic fashion, culminating in a comeback from 13-time title-winning Real Madrid, but the Spaniard has denied any possible link between the defeat and his future in Manchester.
The 51-year-old, who currently has just over a year left on his contract, said it was “not the right time to discuss a contract extension” as City try to claim their fourth Premier League title in five years.
Guardiola’s current tenure is the longest of his managerial career and he has only reached the coveted European final once during his six-year tenure, losing to Chelsea in 2021.
Aside from that feat, this year’s semi-final performance was City’s best in Europe, with Guardiola admitting the result was “disappointing”, but it wasn’t his legacy at City.
Interestingly, City’s debacle in Madrid was the sixth time Pep Guardiola has been eliminated at the semi-final stage, putting him on an equal footing with Mourinho.
“If I extend my contract, it will be at the end of next season,” he asserted. “Until then, it’s not going to happen. For many years, I have to see how the team and ourselves are, how we are together.
“Got it, I’ll stay for another 10 years. But we have to take time for it, absolutely. Now is not the time, definitely this season, or next season.”
Asked if winning the Champions League would decide his future at Manchester City, Guardiola added: “Absolutely not. We’ve been very good in the Champions League. So in my life we have been with seven players from the academy. The players won the Champions League in Barcelona together. From the academy. Nothing changed my life. I’m happy about it.
“Yes, I’m disappointed, we wanted to play the final, but that doesn’t change my future or my past. The reason we came to England, it’s done. We wanted to do it and we did it.”
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