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Pep Guardiola Man City future stance 'confirmed' as Arsenal and Mikel Arteta wait

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Pep Guardiola will make the upcoming season his last at Manchester City, a new report suggests. The 53-year-old has just over 12 months left on his current contract but opened up on leaving the club last week.

"The reality is I am closer to leaving than staying," he said after winning a sixth Premier League title at the Etihad Stadium. "It's eight years, will be nine. Right now, my feeling is I am staying next season.

"We talk with the club; we have time to talk next season because I have to see the players as well. If they follow me, they follow us, for many reasons. I will stay. During the season we will talk."

Guardiola has already been at City for considerably longer than he has spent in other managerial roles, having had incredible success. Victory over West Ham last week secured a fourth title in a row, an unprecedented achievement in Premier League history, but with Jurgen Klopp calling time on his Liverpool stay, Guardiola could soon follow.

The Daily Mail writes that although City are keen to extend Guardiola's contract, the club's hierarchy believes that he will call it a day next year. City are also said to have been open in discussing a possible departure.

Either way, the Spaniard will be back in August at the helm as he seeks to pip Mikel Arteta and Arsenal to top spot again. "Yeah, I have a contract," he said of his immediate future. I want to be here next season, yes."

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He expanded on that slightly during City's trophy parade on Sunday. "We will be back next season," he told fans after losing the FA Cup final to Manchester United at Wembley. "The FA Cup, we will take it."

Guardiola's words were greeted with loud cheers, showing the feelings of the supporters. He did play it coy when pushed on if he would stay forever, though, shying away from the question. Meanwhile, at the Emirates Stadium, it may well bring a sigh from Mikel Arteta.

His side are tasked with trying to become only the third team since 2017 to win the Premier League during City's dominance. Guardiola has previously said that he would leave City if the club were found guilty of breaking financial rules.

The trial relating to their 115 charges is set to be heard later this season. Arteta himself is also yet to sign a deal keeping him in north London beyond 2025, though it is not uncommon for managers to be in this situation.