Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola explained earlier statements about his future on Friday, saying he had no intention of leaving the Premier League champions when his contract expires in 2023.
Earlier this week, the Spanish coach was quoted as saying by media that he would like to rest before embarking on a new adventure in international football.
“I’m not thinking of leaving in two years, maybe I’ll leave in two months when the results don’t work out for me, or the club wants to change me, or I fail to deal well with this group of players,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Arsenal. I leave in three months and I may leave in five years.
He added: I said before that after the end of my career with City, I want to rest, which is what I want of course, maybe this is after one month or after two, three or five, at this moment there is no reason for me to leave.
And the Spanish daily Marca quoted Guardiola as saying: “The next step will be my national team if there is a possibility for that. What I did and trying to learn from other coaches.
He continued: “If there is an opportunity, during this break, to coach a national team, I think I would love it, I would like to lead a team in the European Championship or the Copa America or the World Cup, I would like to try it.”
The former midfielder won three Premier League titles with City, and likewise with Bayern Munich and Barcelona as a coach, but the Champions League title eluded him in City after he lifted the cup twice with Barcelona.
Guardiola also won six league titles and the 1992 European Cup with Barcelona as a player, scoring five goals in 47 international matches with Spain.