Manchester City will remain a force after I eventually leave, says Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has no doubt that Manchester City will remain a force even after leaving the club.

The City manager has given no indication that will be the case any time soon, although speculation about his future is likely to return until he settles on a new contract.

The 51-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is in the last year of his current contract at the Etihad Stadium.

There is no reason to worry about the situation at the club as Guardiola prefers shorter-term deals and his previous two renewals were signed late.

But the time will come when the current champions will have to replace the man who has guided them to nine major trophies, including four Premier League titles, since 2016.

“The club knows exactly what the goal is, the next step,” Guardiola said when asked what City’s future could be without him. “There will be zero problems, I am 100 percent convinced of that.

“They know what the strategy is, what they have to do now, the day after tomorrow, after the World Cup, next season and next season.

If the club only needs pep, it’s because we didn’t do it very well.

“When the club depends on one person, we have problems because the club is not solid and not stable.

“The foundations of the club come from many and if the club only depends on Pep it is because we have not done really well during that period.

“If the club was just for one player, for the typical striker who scores, they wouldn’t be a good team.

“I never buy a player, I never sell a player. it’s not my money It’s the club. “Club” is the most important word and every decision we make we think about the club – today, the day after tomorrow and for the future.

“The club knows the drill very well, the kind of players we want to play with me and without me.”

On Sunday City meets rivals Manchester United and Guardiola meets ex-colleague Erik ten Hag for the first time.

Ten Hag, who coached Bayern’s second team during Guardiola’s time at the German club, is United’s fourth full-time manager since the Spaniard’s arrival in Manchester.

“I admire Erik a lot,” said Guardiola. “We know each other a little because we were in Munich (together) for a year.

“His work in Holland, especially at Ajax lately, has been an incredible example for the whole of Europe.

“But he knows, I know, everyone knows, it will depend on the results. I’m still here because we’ve won in the past, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

“The results give you time to build what you want, but I have good opinions of United. If they decide to buy Erik, it’s because they believe he’s the right man.”

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