'His rivals will drive him to the airport' - Pep Guardiola Man City quit claim amid Liverpool desire

Pep Guardiola speaking at press conference
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's future has been cast in the spotlight following the recent end of the Premier League season.

With just one year remaining on his current deal at the club, the Catalan head coach hinted that his departure could be on the cards. Guardiola announced after City's fourth consecutive Premier League that he was 'closer to leaving than staying'.

While it is worth noting Guardiola has never prematurely terminated a contract, talks regarding an extension have not yet begun. He's previously signed three extensions during his eight-year tenure at City - a duration no doubt longer than most had anticipated.

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As his current agreement nears expiration, many believe we are likely to witness Guardiola's final season at the helm. In his own words, Guardiola shared: "The reality is I am closer to leaving than staying.

"It's eight years, will be nine. Right now, my feeling is I am staying next season."

Former City manager Stuart Pearce also chimed in on the conversation and didn't mince his words, asserting his belief that this upcoming season may well be Guardiola's swansong at the Etihad. Furthermore, Pearce suggested that City's competitors would probably drive Guardiola to the airport themselves if it meant bringing an end to his dominant reign.

Speaking candidly, Pearce noted: "I would be more surprised if Pep Guardiola stayed another five years than if he decided that the upcoming season would be his last. He's arguably the best manager the Premier League's ever seen and I for one, would be disappointed if he left because when I've been at City on the odd occasion, he's shown me a level of football that I've never seen before."

While speaking about Guardiola's performance, Pearce added: "He's been absolutely incredible, but I think his rivals will be absolutely delighted. They'll drive him to the airport to get him out of Manchester City, in the hope that they drop off slightly."

One of the clubs likely to be wishing for Guardiola's exit are Liverpool. The Reds have arguably been the team most affected by his stint in the Premier League having only finished above him once.

With Jurgen Klopp having departed at the end of this season, Arne Slot has been ushered in to kickstart the new era at the club. The hope will be that the Dutchman shall be in the best position to capitalise on Guardiola's exit when it comes.

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