Pep Guardiola backed to mock Jurgen Klopp by following in Liverpool manager’s footsteps on key issue

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola Credit: PA Images
Man City boss Pep Guardiola Credit: PA Images

Former Manchester City centre-back Nedum Onuoha thinks Pep Guardiola could mock Jurgen Klopp by signing a new contract that lasts just one day longer than the Liverpool manager’s.

Guardiola’s deal at the Etihad runs until June 2023. Many have been expecting him to take a break from the game once it expires.

There was a similar sentiment for Klopp, whose contract with Liverpool had been due to run out the year after his managerial counterpart.

But on April 28 the German ended rumours about his future by penning fresh terms with the Reds. It will keep him and his coaching staff on Merseyside until 2026.

Guardiola claims he will not speak with Manchester City chiefs about an extension until the season is over.

Talk is growing that the Spaniard could end up extending his spell with the Cityzens, just like Klopp has done at Liverpool.

And now Onuoha has joked that Guardiola could sign a new deal which outlasts Klopp’s one by a single day.

When asked if Guardiola will continue his journey at City, Onuoha told Sports Mole: “I think he will, but he’ll probably do it in a really Pep sort of way. It’d be non-traditional and it’d be at a really weird point.

Pep Guardiola ‘comfortable’ at City – Nedum Onuoha

“Maybe he’ll have some sort of announcement, like notes on his phone which then get put onto social media saying ‘Pep’s agreed, signing a contract that is one day longer than Jurgen Klopp’s’ or something like that.

“But I think he will [sign a new deal]. I think he’s very, very comfortable here. In terms of the surroundings, the mentality of the players, mentality of the staff around him, the infrastructure.

“I’m sure he could do with it being a bit sunnier more often, but it seems like people are matching his ambition. If he was to leave, where else would he be able to do that?”

Onuoha added: “I think this is probably the best place for him. It’s not to say that football won’t change, but I think he’ll sign and I’d like him to sign because this feels like this is Pep’s Manchester City.

“When the change does come, and it’s inevitable, I think that they’ll be prepared for it.

“But it feels like it’d be too soon to draw a close to this era of Pep’s Man City, because you can see that bringing in someone like [Erling] Haaland, you’ve still got [Phil] Foden at 21, turning 22 soon. There is still a very, very bright future available to him if he stays.”

It would come as no surprise if Guardiola agreed to stay with City for another few seasons. After all, they are yet to complete their main goal which is to win the Champions League.

However, Guardiola does also like to take a break from the sport so he can rest and gather his thoughts.

For example, he had a year out between spells at Barcelona and Bayern. This could happen again in 2023 before Guardiola potentially takes charge of a national team, such as Spain.

Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna feels one City position still needs strengthening after the capture of Erling Haaland.

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