Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola has rejected any hypothesis over his contract state of affairs being linked to the membership’s efficiency within the Champions League.
Metropolis exited this yr’s competitors in dramatic trend, finally falling to a comeback victory from 13-times winners Actual Madrid, however the Spaniard has refuted any potential connection between that defeat and his future in Manchester.
The 51-year-old has simply over a yr remaining on his present contract and has mentioned now could be “not the precise time” to be discussing an extension, with Metropolis making an attempt to say their fourth Premier League title in 5 years.
Guardiola’s present time period is the longest of his managerial profession, having reached a coveted European ultimate solely as soon as throughout his six-year tenure, shedding out to Chelsea in 2021.
Apart from that feat, this yr’s semi-final displaying is Metropolis’s finest in Europe, with Guardiola admitting the end result was “disappointing” however shouldn’t be one thing that may outline his Manchester Metropolis legacy.
Curiously, Metropolis’s Madrid collapse was the sixth time Guardiola has been eradicated on the semi-final stage of the competitors, drawing him degree with Jose Mourinho.
“If I lengthen the contract will probably be on the finish of the following season,” he asserted. “Earlier than then it is not going to occur. It is a few years and I’ve to see how the workforce and ourselves, how we’re collectively.
“Realizing it, I’d keep 10 extra years. However we have now to take time for that, completely. It is not time, completely on this season, or throughout the subsequent season.”
Requested about whether or not successful the Champions League would decide his Metropolis future, Guardiola added: “Completely not. We compete, for the margins, extraordinarily properly within the Champions League. So in my life, we gained the Champions League in Barcelona with seven gamers who got here from the academy. From the academy. Nothing modified my life. I used to be completely happy for that.
“Sure, I am dissatisfied, we wished to play the ultimate, but it surely’s not going to alter my future or my previous. The explanation why we got here right here to England, it is already finished. We wished to do it, we did it.”
What needs to happen for a PL title playoff?
Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool’s Premier League title race is about to go all the way down to the wire – however simply how shut are we to seeing a playoff for the title?
It has by no means occurred earlier than, however with simply two video games to go and three factors separating Metropolis and Liverpool, it stays potential this season’s title race might be determined by a one-off match following the conclusion of the league season. What a prospect.
Here’s how it could happen…
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