Wednesday 26 April 2017

Pep Guardiola rules out retirement as he clarifies controversial comments

Pep Guardiola is in the spotlight because of Manchester City's poor form
Pep Guardiola is in the spotlight because of Manchester City's poor form
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has moved to clarify comments he made an in an interview earlier this week, as he suggested his current club are ‘a long way behind’ Europe’s elite clubs.

Guardiola’s decision to reference City’s local rivals Manchester United in his list of clubs that his side are trying to emulate created predictably negative headlines, but he has now tried to clear up what he views as a misunderstanding.

“I never said these clubs are ahead of Manchester City right now,” stated Guardiola.

“We are far behind Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid but in the last five to six years, Manchester City and maybe PSG have grown the most by far.

“So I did not says these teams are ahead of us now, but in the last 20 years, yes, we are behind the other teams.

“Liverpool didn’t win the title in the last 25 years, so we have more titles than them, but I was saying we need to build City. That was what I wanted to say.”

Guardiola also rejected suggestions that he was preparing to bring down the curtain on his coaching career, after stating his ‘goodbye to football’ has already started.

“I said in the interview that I am not going to training when I am 60 years old, but guys, I am 45,” he added.

“I am not going to retire in two, three years. I love my job and I am in the perfect place to do my job, especially here in England.

“I started to play football as a young guy. My career was on the pitch. I want to do something else in my life, but not in the next three, four, five, six, seven years. I said 60-65 I would not go to training because I want to do other things with my life.

“I love my job and I’m in the best place for it here in England. No, of course I am not thinking about retiring.”

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