Pep Guardiola has admitted that while he would love a new Manchester City contract, he needs to earn it by maintaining the standards that the club has set over the years. The club have won two Premier League titles and other trophies under the Spaniard but have struggled in the Champions League.
One of the biggest concerns for Manchester City fans starting the 2020/21 season was Pep Guardiola’s future at the club. The Spaniard has only one year left on his current contract with the Cityzens and there are concerns that the former Barcelona boss will look to leave Manchester at the end of the season. However, that’s just one of the many problems that City face although reports have indicated that they’ve started discussions over a new deal.
Whether or not that’s true, Guardiola has revealed, in a recent interview, that he is looking to stay in Manchester longer than the one year left on his deal because “it is a place I love to be”. However, the Spaniard admitted that he will only sign a new deal once he deserves it and helps maintain the standards that the club has set over the last few years. He further reiterated that these are not directions from the club but goals that he personally has set out for himself.
"I would love to stay longer here, it is a place I love to be but I have to deserve it. This club achieved standards in the last decade but we have to maintain that and I have to deserve it. I am going to see if I deserve it this season in terms of how the club goes forward and improves. This is my mind," Guardiola said reported ESPN.
“We didn't speak with the club in these terms. They didn't push me from day one to today in September. They didn't tell me you have to do this or you have to do that or you have to win this or you have to win that. I know the standards of the club and if I don't achieve the standards, I probably don't deserve [to stay] so I have to win to extend my contract."