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Guardiola: City will be my only English club

Pep Guardiola says he will never manage a Premier League club other than City.

The Catalan, in his sixth campaign as boss at the Etihad, was asked whether he would ever consider managing England at his pre-West Ham United press conference on Friday.

He believes Gareth Southgate is doing a fine job and hopes he signs another extension in addition to the one he penned earlier this week.

And although he reiterated his desire to take charge of a national team one day, he says City will be his only English club side.


“Gareth is doing an incredible job,” Pep said. “He extended two years so congratulations on my behalf to Gareth.

“I would love, I said many times, when I finish here, the pleasure to lead a team at a World Cup. But it is not easy to find it. There are only a few positions.

“I would like it but if it doesn't happen I will train clubs, so it will not be a problem.

“But in England, being here I think always I will be Man City and if I have to come back it would be at Man City, if they want me. I would not train another club in England apart from this club.

“What I want is Gareth has done an incredible job. Honestly what I want is for him to extend the contract and then after that extend more.

“I am not here to take a position from anyone. It’s not my target.

“I want to be here [at City] as long as possible, as much as my energy and love is here. After that I don't know what will happen.

“Years ago  never thought I would be Manchester City trainer and when I came I never thought for six years I would be here. Never.

“Life dictates your future so we will see what happens there.”


Meanwhile, Guardiola heaped praise on Sunday's opponents West Ham United. 

City face David Moyes' side in a crucial Premier League game at the Etihad, with the visitors currently in fourth place in the table. 

Their 2-0 win away at Rapid Vienna on Thursday also confirmed they will top their Europa League group with a game to spare. 

They are in fine form and look likely to challenge for a UEFA Champions League place come the end of the season. 

Guardiola says the table doesn't lie and he expects a tough game on Sunday. 

“What they have done so far they have a chance to qualify for the Champions League but we are in November," he said. "Even for us as Premier League winners, to qualify for Champions League will be tough.

Look at the Champions League [this season], four of the last 16 will be Premier League teams. The only country that has done it, it’s really good.

“Maybe for West Ham it will happen - it’s a fact they are really good and have been incredibly consistent, not just this season. I don’t reveal any secret that anyone doesn’t know.

"As long as Man City is there, it doesn't matter the next.

"The teams who qualify deserve it. I am sure for West Ham it would be good, their supporters all of them.

"The Premier League doesn't lie. Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup you can have one bad day.

"In the Premier League, the winner fully deserves it.

"The four who qualify for the Champions League fully deserve it."


City host West Ham on Sunday, with kick off at 14:00 (UK). 

We will have full coverage on the official Man City app.

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Our Matchday Live show will start just before 13:00 (UK). Joining presenter Cel Spelman in the studio are former City stars Trevor Sinclair and Michael Brown to keep you entertained right up until kick off. 

They will then reconvene for a quick half-time debrief before a more in-depth post-match verdict, including their reaction to the full-time thoughts of Pep Guardiola and a player. 


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