Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has revealed his plans to leave Etihad after seven years in charge when his current contract expires in 2023. The 50-year-old Spaniard joined City in 2016 and has won three Premier League titles. Guardiola added that he would like to try a national team position after his stints at club level. Follow us for more football predict and football betting tips this weekend.
“After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop,” Guardiola said in an event earlier this week. “I will need to rest after being somewhere so many years and also stop to evaluate what we’ve done and to try to learn from other coaches. “If, during this process of stopping, there is a chance to coach a national team then I think I’d like that.”
Aside from three league titles with City, as many with previous clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Guardiola has led the English club with a host of domestic silverware, including four Carabao Cups, an FA Cup triumph and two Community Shield wins. But the Champions League trophy has eluded him at City after he lifted two at Barca.
The former midfielder also won six league titles and the 1992 European Cup with Barcelona as a player, having scored five goals in 47 internationals for Spain. “I’d like to coach a national team, South America, European, play a Copa America, I want this experience,” Guardiola added. “A national team will be the next step, yes. It’s the next step.” He also hinted that he targets the Brazilian team in the future.
“I believe that the coach of the Brazilian team will always be Brazilian, I don’t see a foreigner in teams like Brazil,” he said. “I always say that whoever is not happy can go. If you don’t want to fight for a place, it’s better to look for happiness elsewhere.”
Guardiola’s sixth season in City is the longest he’s ever had at one club as he signed a fresh two-year deal with City back in 2020. In the past, Guardiola took a 12-month break following his exit at Camp Nou in 2012 after four years and four league titles with Barca before joining Bayern Munich in 2013. His revelations came after Harry Kane confirmed that he would be staying at Tottenham this summer.
The reigning champions City will take on Arsenal at home in the next Premier League matchday after finally winning their first match, thrashing Norwich City 5-0 at home to end their back-to-back losses to Leicester City in the Community Shield trophy and Tottenham Hotspur in their opening game, with 1-0 scoreline in both matches.
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