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Pep Guardiola hints at desire to make Man City his longest managerial stint yet

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 19:43, 30 June 2019 | Updated: 17:12, 29 September 2019

Pep Guardiola has suggested his long-term future lies in the Premier League, saying he has ‘everything he needs’ at Manchester City.

Guardiola and City have racked up 198 points across the last two seasons, winning the domestic treble in 18/19. The Spaniard was linked with a move to Juventus towards the end of the campaign just finished, but he repeatedly denied such suggestions and has now stated that he has ‘everything he desires to do his job’ in England.

Speaking to Catalunya newspaper Ara, Guardiola was full of praise for the Premier League.

He said: “What I like more is that I have proved that people who said we can’t play the same way in Germany or in the Premier League were wrong.

“With Silva, Bernardo Silva, Sterling or Aguero, all of them less than one metre 20! We have done it. We don’t concede many goals and we dominate positionally. We have the same ideas that we had when we trained the Barca youth team in the third division.

“I have everything here [at City], sincerely, everything I need. Working at home [in Spain], it is hard because the emotions are so intense and the press conferences harder.”

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Guardiola has coached in three of Europe’s top five major leagues so far, managing Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City in a glowing career. However, he feels that his work at City is just getting started, and has ruled out a return to either of his former clubs.

He said: “I have everything I desire to do my job. I won’t go back to Barcelona or Germany.

“Where can I have facilities that good to play in such a beautiful league like the Premier League?”

Has Guardiola found a home? Five things to know…

  • Pep joined City in 2016, finishing third in his first season in the league.
  • Pep is about to enter his third season in Manchester: he has never managed a club for four seasons.
  • His current deal expires in 2021, following an extension signed in 2018.
  • Guardiola described last seasons title as ‘the toughest of his life’.
  • It is believed Pep won’t consider leaving City until he wins the Champions League.