Pep Guardiola hints at a contract extension as a rival gets set to depart the scene

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted at extending his contract with Manchester City. As one of his biggest adversaries Jurgen Klopp announced his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season the City boss told the media he still has the fire to manage the treble winners.

Guardiola hints at a contract extension while praising Jurgen Klopp

Speaking after his side’s 1-nil FA Cup win over Tottenham the City boss was asked about his future. With Klopp’s imminent departure from City’s fierce rivals, there was a school of thought that Guardiola could also walk away. But Pep Guardiola has quickly moved to end such talk. Speaking after City’s win he said he still had the motivation to continue. He also said he was thinking of extending his contract. Guardiola said: “I’m fine. I want to do it still for one more year, and maybe extend.”

The Manchester City manager was also full of praise for Jurgen Klopp. Guardiola believes City’s rivalry with Liverpool has pushed his side to their great achievements. Guardiola added: “I will sleep better. The days before playing Liverpool were almost a nightmare. I was shocked by the news and I felt a part of Manchester City would lose something. We cannot define our period here without him and Liverpool, it is impossible.”

The rivalry between Guardiola and Klopp and Manchester City and Liverpool has become one of the greatest in Premier League history. The two sides have pushed each other to the limit over previous seasons. They have set the bar at such a standard that now 90 points is considered the benchmark to win the Premier League. The games between the two sides have become a must-watch fixture in the Premier League season.

The rivalry may have one final chapter left to play this season. City sit 5 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table. Another epic title race would be a fitting end to Guardiola and Klopp’s battles in the Premier League.

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