The future of Pep Guardiola is far from clear at Premier League champions Manchester City as the Citizens try to hold on to his services beyond this summer. The Spanish tactician has always maintained that he would see out his current deal at the Etihad Stadium until next year.
Pep Guardiola is widely regarded by many as the best manager in world football and he’s very famous for spending a few years at a club before moving on as witnessed at boyhood club Barcelona FC of Spain and at Bayern Munich FC of Germany. There have been signs that the aforementioned order of operation will be changed by Pep at Manchester City until the last few months when the dominance of league title rivals Liverpool started to take its toll on him.
Apart from the Liverpool factor, Guardiola began to show a negative body language especially towards refereeing decisions and these things led to speculations that the Manchester City boss could walk out of the club this summer with one year left on his contract. His long-term future at the Etihad Stadium was further thrown into serious doubts when the Premier League champions were given a two-season ban from European football by the governing body after breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
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Pep Guardiola has been seriously linked with Italian champions Juventus all through these weeks and he had to react to those rumours by telling reporters that he would be staying at Manchester City in a manner that was not convincing for a lot of people. The other big six teams, Liverpool inclusive, will be hoping to see off Pep Guardiola to Juventus this summer on the low-key after his quality over the past three to four years. Here is why the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and others want Pep gone this summer:
1. Dominance – Pep Guardiola has dominated English football for the majority of his time at Manchester City whom he joined in 2016 after his announcement as the successor to Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini.
2. Pulling Power – The Manchester City boss is a very big name on the world football scene and he would be able to lure more quality players to the club if he stays on as the Citizens manager.
3. Quality – The Premier League might be at a little disadvantage if Pep Guardiola leaves Manchester City but the other big teams know that they have a better chance at silverware with Pep out of Manchester City.