Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola says there is no chance he will quit the club at the end of the season.
The Spaniard has guided City to consecutive Premier League titles and last season completed an unprecedented domestic treble after adding the FA Cup and League Cup.
Despite the success, Guardiola insists he won’t walk away from City even after admitting the challenge of chasing down Liverpool could be beyond his Premier League champions. Also, pundits have begun to draw comparisons with his fourth and final season at Barcelona, which led to him taking a 12-month sabbatical. Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid pipped Barca o the La Liga title that year.
Guardiola speaks on staying at Etihad
However, speaking during his press conference on Friday, Guardiola stated that Liverpool will not drive him out of English football.
He said: “If the people say ‘Do I want to stay?’ I want to stay. I don’t have any reasons to move from here.
“Well, I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign or be sacked for these results and nine points behind, the people don’t know me.
“I like to be in this challenge. I love to be in this position. And if the club wants me next season, I want to be here 100 percent.
“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.”
Before the international break, defeat at Anfield left them nine points behind leaders Liverpool and despite the recent successes, Guardiola accepts he will need to maintain his high standards if he wants to keep his job.
He said: “I want to be here and if they decide the results are getting worse, they are going to take a decision, that’s normal, it’s not because I am friends with Txiki (Begiristain) that I am going to stay for the rest of my life.
“I am here because I win. If I don’t win, I’m in trouble. I know that, but I’m incredibly satisfied to work in this city and this club and I want to help this club to get better. I still enjoy working with these players a lot and I would like to stay longer. If the club wants, I will stay.”
I’m at happy at Man City – Guardiola
He added: “Why should people think I’m not happy here? Because we lost at Anfield or I’ve lost three games this season? That’s an odd reason to say I’m not happy or satisfied to be here.
“The real situation is 198 points in two seasons, that is exceptional.
“The first season at Anfield we had one shot on target, but the last game we made 18, more corners, everything more in the most difficult stadium in the world against an incredible opponent. That’s my job.
“The moment I will leave is when I feel my team don’t follow me to play at Anfield in the way we played.”