Pep Guardiola enters his final year with Man City with no desire to continue.
Pep Guardiola has refused to extend his Manchester City contract beyond 2021, building speculation over a possible return to Barcelona.
The current state of the Premier League side’s future is looking drastically difficult as they loom behind Liverpool in the Premier League while also having a UEFA Champions League ban lurking around.
Liverpool have been in great form for many seasons now, especially considering their Champions League win last season while winning the Premier League in the current campaign.
Manchester City, however, are yet to win a Champions League under Pep Guardiola. Despite winning two consistent Premier League titles between 2016 and 2018, it is the UEFA title that the Spaniard truly desires with his City side.
But, unfortunately for the former Barcelona coach, the Manchester side are suffering from a ban which has in turn raised some doubts over Guardiola’s future.
When asked about his future with City as they need a large reinforcement and reshaping project to compete against current champions, Liverpool, Pep said,
“I’m incredibly excited for this part of the season, and the next one. I am incredibly satisfied to be in this club and to try to do our best. But I don’t want to think too far ahead. Now is not the time. I just think about today. We have a tough game away against Newcastle in the FA Cup and we have to be focused.”
The two-year suspension from the European championship has surely affected Guardiola’s desire to remain in the Premier League with CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) currently looking into City’s breach of Financial Fair Play.
CAS has until August 3rd to decide on City’s future as that’s the date when the draw for the new season is revealed, which would allow City to have its name in the tournament for another season.
It is not just the manager but also players that are rethinking their future with the Ethihads. Kevin De Bruyne has already hinted that he might leave if the ban remains while Raheem Sterling has already received interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Many more players might leave when the ban is made concrete which might also result in Pep deciding to join another European giant with Barcelona being named the favourites.
Joan Laporta is widely speculated to take over from Josep Maria Bartomeu as president of the Blaugrana next summer and has promised marked changes in his tenure. Landing the 49-year-old continues to be one of his ambitions in another tenure at the Camp Nou. The duo worked together over a decade ago and enjoyed widespread success on the silverware front.
Pep’s tactics have been revolutionary at Barcelona and it seems like they need another injection of his masterclass given they are losing their charm to Real Madrid quite evidently. With that in mind, it is necessary that the manager returns to his former home and if there is even a tinge of contact between him and Barca, negotiations will advance very shortly.