Date published: Sunday 20th September 2020 1:23
Pep Guardiola says he wants to sign a new contract at Manchester City, with his current terms expiring at the end of this season.
The City boss has led his side to outstanding levels of success since his arrival at The Ethiad in 2016.
City have won back-to-back Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three Carabao Cups. Indeed, the Champions League is the only major silverware Guardiola is yet to win with his current club.
Talks have not yet opened between the Spaniard and his seniors over his future. However, he feels he would like an extension, well aware that he must “deserve” a new deal.
“I would love to stay longer here,” Guardiola said (via The Guardian). “It is a place I love to be but I have to deserve. This club achieved standards in the last decade but we have to maintain that and I have to deserve it.
“I am going to see if I deserve it this season in terms of how the club goes forward and improves.”
Guardiola added that there is no underlying pressure coming from City chiefs.
“No, this is [in] my mind. We didn’t speak with the club in these terms,” he added. “They didn’t push me from day one to today in September. They allow me to do my job the best I can and with all my staff and the players and this is going to continue to do.
“They didn’t tell me you have to do this or you have to that or you have to win this or you have to win that. They told me to play. In my feeling, I know the standards of the club and if I don’t achieve the standards, I probably don’t deserve so I have to win to extend my contract.”
City with a point to prove
City head into the new campaign with a point to prove after last season’s comparatively poor showing.
The club finished with 81 Premier League points but also nine defeats, the most Guardiola has suffered in any league campaign.
However, City hope to have addressed their defensive concerns with the signing of Nathan Ake. The £41million arrival from Bournemouth was a key arrival after last summer’s failure to spend at the back.
Further forward, Ferran Torres has arrived from Valencia to replace Leroy Sane.
City go to Wolves in their opening Premier League game of the new season on Monday.