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Will Pep Stay?

Thursday Mar 28, 2019

 Could Guardiola leave Manchester City?

 There have been many rumours swirling that Pep Guardiola will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the summer. investigates the story to see if there is any truth in the whispers.

 Pep Guardiola arrived in City just before the start of the 2016/2017 season, and sadly the first year was not so good for the Spanish manager. However, fortunes changed for the club and the 2017/2018 season saw them lift the trophy and become title holders, and as if to prove that this was more by skill than luck they remain on track to make it two in a row, with only Liverpool proving to be a serious rival to lift the trophy in March.

 Guardiola is contracted to the club for another two years, so where did the rumours of him leaving come from? They seem to have started when Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that he would be leaving the club in the summer, but Pep seems to be scratching his head as to how his name was dragged into the contending field.

 It was reported in Italy that the manager was not only rumoured to be moving over to manage the Serie A legends but had in fact already signed up to a four-year deal that saw him set to leave the Etihad when the season finishes. In a move that will have come as a relief to his team and City fans, Guardiola was only too happy to quash the rumours with an emphatic denial at a press conference after his team beat Watford 3-1, which took them four points clear of nearest rival Liverpool in the standing.

 He spoke to reporters saying “I don’t understand why the big papers say that I’m going to Italy. I have two more years here, and I’m not going anywhere unless they sack me. And if that happens, I am going to go home. I would say, don't call me, don't call my agent and don't call my club. I am staying here for two more seasons. I am not going to Juventus.”

 This will be a relief all round, and the side is not only placed to top the Premier League once more but also still going strong in the Champions League. They met Schalke in the first leg of their last 16 and won 3-2, and in the second leg which was played at home, they totally spanked them with a resounding 7-0 victory which secured their place in the quarterfinals. This will start with a clash against Tottenham, first away then at home. In their last three Premier League games against Spurs, they have taken the win every time so they are likely to be pretty confident that they can continue that record for the Champions League games. And with Pep Guardiola firmly at the helm, it looks favorable that they could claim this trophy too.

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