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Pep Guardiola says he will run down Man City contract before making decision on his future

By Simon Bajkowski

Pep Guardiola says he will not renew his Manchester City contract until his current deal is up.

Guardiola has given several hints that he would happily extend his stay at the Etihad - already his longest tenure at any club at six years and counting - and the manager was a selling point in the blockbuster move for Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. More generally, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta have recently signed contract extensions at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, reinforcing the status of the Premier League as the place for the best coaches in world football.

The club have no complaints with Guardiola as the team close in on a fourth Premier League title in five years, meaning that the Catalan can effectively decide when to bring his time in England to an end. The manager first signed a new deal in the summer of 2018 and then the last time his contract was up he renewed in the November international break of his final season, just over six months before his existing deal ran out.

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However, this time patience could be tested if Guardiola sticks to what he told Sky Sports on Thursday that he will not renew until the end of his final contracted season.

"If I extend the contract, it will be at the end of the next season. Before that is not going to happen. It is many years and I have to see how the team and ourselves are together. Knowing and saying I would stay for 10 more years but we have to take time for that.

"It is not the time for that in this season or during the next season."

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