The 49-year-old Spanish tactician who joined Manchester City in July 2016, has less than a season left on his contract with the Premier League and the club’s board is yet to start discussing with him about a possible contract extension.
Amidst the uncertainty, the former FC Barcelona coach is heavily linked with a return to Barcelona as the presidential aspirant of the Spanish club, Victor Font has been stressing that the reunion between the club’s talisman, Lionel Messi and Guardiola could be all the club needs to return to its glory days.
But the Spanish tactician does not think he needs to return to FC Barcelona where he had the best time of his managerial career. While at the club, Pep Guardiola was so successful that he won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, three Supercopa de España, two UEFA Champions League, two UEFA Super Cup, and two FIFA Club World Cup.
When he left FC Barcelona in 2012 and joined Bayern Munich in 2013, he attempted to repeat the same feat at the German club but couldn’t. He only succeeded to dominate domestic football in the country until he decided to leave for another challenge.
The next challenge that came for Guardiola was Manchester City. He has been at the club for almost four seasons and he is still not able to reach the height he enjoyed in Barcelona.
He has done so well domestically in England but he has not been able to replicate such dominance in Europe. The best thing he has done with Manchester City in Europe was to lead them to three consecutive quarter-finals in UEFA Champions League.
The fact that he has not been able to give Manchester City a UEFA Champions League title is believed to be the reason why the owners of the club are still having a second thought over the renewal of Guardiola’s contract. But amid all the uncertainties, Pep Guardiola insisted that he is happy at Manchester City and is ready to spend more years at the club.
“I am incredibly happy here,” Guardiola said when asked about his possible return to FC Barcelona. “I’m delighted to be in Manchester and I hope I can do a good job this season to stay longer.”
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Pep Guardiola has rubbished any rumours of a return to Barcelona pic.twitter.com/441abynxD0
Guardiola and his men are currently occupying the 13th spot on the Premier League table after winning two matches, drawing two, and losing one. They are however doing better in the Champions League where they are currently topping Group C with 6 points after two wins in two matches.
Their next game in the Premier League is against Sheffield United on Saturday, October 31. While their next match in the Champions League is against Olympiacos on November 3.