'I'm closer to leaving' - Pep Guardiola drops Man City future bombshell after title win

Pep Guardiola celebrates Manchester City's Premier League title win
Pep Guardiola drops Man City future bombshell after Premier League title win -Credit:Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has provided a bombshell update on his future following Manchester City's clash against West Ham. The 53-year-old led his side to a 3-1 win over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon to lift a fourth successive Premier League title.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Guardiola was quizzed on his future in light of Jurgen Klopp's departure from Liverpool. Guardiola has a contract until the end of next season, and on Friday confirmed he intends to honour that deal.

However, when asked about extending his stay after that, the Spaniard said: "The reality is I am closer to leaving than staying. It's eight years, will be nine. Right now, my feeling is I am staying next season.

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"We talk with the club, we have time to talk next season because I have to see the players as well. If they follow me, they follow us... for many reasons. I will stay. During the season we will talk."

Guardiola signed his last contract extension during the World Cup 2022 break, his second extension signed in November in the middle of a season.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Manchester City's title showdown against West Ham, Guardiola insisted that he plans to honour his contract, which expires next year. He said: "Yeah, I have a contract. I want to be here next season, yes."

Since joining Manchester City in July 2016, Guardiola has enjoyed plenty of success. He's helped the club win the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.