Guardiola wants Manchester City stays amid contract speculations

Pep Guardiola says he wants to stay at Manchester City following speculations from internet that he could return to Barcelona.

The 48-year-old signed an initial three-year deal when he replaced Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2016 and agreed a contract extension in 2018, meaning he has 18 months remaining.

He said: “I think in football one-and-a-half years is a lot of time for a manager.

“We’ll have to see altogether how it works, what is going on. I’ve said many times how incredibly good it is for me here and of course I would like to stay as much as possible.

“So that is my desire, but I want to be sure this is the best for the club, that they want me to stay longer.

“It would be five years at one club and in this competition that is many, many years, so that’s why it’s better to be sure your decision is perfect for both sides.

“There’s no rush. It’s not finishing in three or four months and the club is working perfectly in all departments, so it’s not a problem, honestly.”