Wednesday 17 January 2018

Pep Guardiola makes Man City wait for at least another season

Under pressure Bayern boss says he'll stay in Munich until 2016 to give Pellegrini reprieve

Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola

MANCHESTER City must put any plans they have to sign up Pep Guardiola on hold after the Bayern Munich boss committed himself to the German giants until the end of his contract.

That means that City's long held ambition to bring Guardiola to the Premier League will not happen this summer which could provide a temporary 'get out of jail' card for lame duck boss Manuel Pellegrini (inset).

"My future is: Wednesday free, Thursday training, and, of course, next year to be here. That's my future," said Guardiola whose three-year deal ends in 2016.

Guardiola is more than aware of the precarious nature of his chosen profession and believes that only a European and domestic treble will be enough to satisfy expectations.

Bayern Munich must overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat at the hands of Porto in the Allianz Arena tonight to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

"If you win, you're a genius. If you lose, you have lots of problems, but that's the nature of my job," Guardiola mused.

"I know which club I am at, it isn't enough to win the Bundesliga and the cup.

"Only a treble is enough for a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern, but I am proud to be here with these players," added the former Barca boss.

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