Guardiola rebuffs Manchester City exit clause claims

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has denied speculation which claims that he has a break clause in his contract at Manchester City.

The City manager’s future continues to be the subject of rumours and the latest claims have suggested the Spaniard has a potential way out at the end of this season, should he want to leave.

But Guardiola has repeatedly stated his intention to fulfil his contract, which expires in 2021, and has even suggested he could stay beyond that.

Asked if the break clause exists, Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday: “No, it is not true. I spoke about that a few weeks ago, about my intentions with the club.”

Guardiola has won two Premier League titles since taking over at City in the summer of 2016.

Speculation over his future is fueled by this season’s form and an examination of his past managerial postings.

Champions City have fallen 14 points behind leaders Liverpool in his fourth season at the club. The 48-year-old left Barcelona after four years in charge to take a year off and then left Bayern Munich after three seasons.

Speaking last month, Guardiola said: “I want to stay; I don’t have any reasons to move. I like to have this challenge; I love to be in this position. If the club wants (me) next season I want to be here 100 per cent.

“I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here.”

City will hope to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday after last week’s damaging 2-1 derby loss to Manchester United.

Guardiola virtually conceded the title to Liverpool last weekend but has said his side have a “duty to continue”.