Is Pep Guardiola trying to leave Manchester City when he is applauded?
“Guardiola plans to leave City when his contract expires in two years,” British media outlet The Guardian reported on June 12 (KST).
Guardiola has been at the helm of City since 2016 and has become the club’s most successful manager in its history. Already recognized as one of the best coaches in the world at FC Barcelona (Spain) and Bayern Munich (Germany), Guardiola’s leadership at City has been unparalleled, lifting 14 trophies in the last seven years alone.
Under Guardiola, City have become one of the most dominant teams in the league, winning five Premier League titles in the last seven years.안전놀이터
More recently, the club won its first UEFA Champions League title, a feat that City fans have been clamoring for, as well as the “triple treble” of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in the same season.
While the club and its fans are hoping that Guardiola will be around for a long time to come as they have collected so many trophies under his watch, the club has begun to slowly prepare for his departure.
“Guardiola is firmly committed to leaving City in June 2025, when his contract expires,” the outlet said, adding that the Italian, who won a treble with the club, has all but decided to end his tenure at the club after nine years.
“Having signed a three-year contract when he arrived at City in 2016, the general consensus was that Guardiola would not stay at the club beyond that period. He signed a new contract last November, a decision that even his closest associates were not convinced would happen.”
As for Guardiola’s future destination if he were to leave City, it would not be the club but the national team.
“Guardiola, who was in charge of Barcelona and Munich before City, thought he would like to manage an Italian Serie A club as part of his ambition to experience all four European leagues,” the article explains.
“However, Guardiola has reportedly changed his mind recently,” the article continues, “and one option is to take charge of the national team.”
Guardiola made his debut as a professional coach in 2008 when he took charge of the Barcelona first team. He then spent four years in Barcelona and three in Munich, and is now preparing to enter his eighth year at City.
As the saying goes, “Leave while the applause is still on,” and it will be interesting to see if Guardiola chooses to part ways with City while he is still earning accolades after spending more than a decade at the same club.