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Guardiola: I'd love to stay at City but I must deserve a new contract

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Pep Guardiola has signalled his intention to sign a new contract with Manchester City.

Guardiola is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season. Despite claiming he must prove he warrants an extension, the coach has expressed a desire to stay at the club.

"I would love to stay longer here," said Guardiola, who kicks off his fifth season in charge of City against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux tonight.

"It is a place I like to be, but I have to deserve (a new contract). This club achieved standards in the last decade, but we have to extend that.

"We have (every) three days a game, so we don't have much time to think about it. I see every day Txiki (Begiristain, the City director of football) and Ferran (Soriano, the chief executive), and I speak every week with (chairman) Khaldoon (Al-Mubarak). When it is going to happen, it is going to happen. It will not be a problem for the club.

Passion

"I would not be here if I didn't feel the fire or desire to play good. Still I have passion to do it and, maybe, more than ever. I want more than ever to build the team."

Asked if the club wanted to see how the season progressed first, after the disappointment of finishing 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool and crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, Guardiola added: "No, we didn't speak with the club in these terms.

"They didn't push me from day one to today in September. They allow me to do my job the best I can. They didn't tell me you have to do this or you have to do that."

Guardiola will be without striker Sergio Aguero and defender Aymeric Laporte against Wolves as the manager hit out at the decision to revert to a maximum of three substitutes from seven players on the bench this season.

City were among the clubs who wanted to continue to use five substitutes from nine, but those proposals were defeated in a vote of the 20 Premier League clubs, as the consensus was that it would benefit the bigger clubs with bigger squads.

Guardiola has accused those who voted against the plan of failing to protect the players and risking injuries with an even tighter schedule due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed that Fernandinho would captain City this season after the first-team squad chose the veteran Brazilian as David Silva's successor. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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