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‘I’m looking for my happiness’ – Guardiola suggests he could stay at Man City beyond current contract

The Catalan says he will discuss the possibility of signing a new deal with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but there are numerous factors in play

Pep Guardiola says all he is looking for is happiness – and that could mean he stays at Manchester City beyond the end of his current contract.

Guardiola’s deal expires at the end of the 2020-21 season, by which point he will have been in the Premier League for five years.

Given he spent four seasons in charge of Barcelona and just three at Bayern Munich, plenty are expecting Guardiola to leave at that point – but he isn’t sure.

“I don’t know,” he told reporters. “I want to stay one more year and after that it depends. It also depends on the results.

“When I said a month ago, that in the future we’ll have been together for five seasons, I don’t exclude it at all if the club is happy with me and our group to extend the contract.

“Now I want to be focused on these three months, we have to do game-by-game the best as possible, winning games and after we have time to think.”

When asked what he was looking for in the future, Guardiola’s response was simple.

“My happiness,” he said. “I’m looking for my happiness. That’s the only thing I’m looking for.”

And, when asked what it was about Manchester that made him happy, he replied: “For the weather! I have to take care of my skin; people say the sun is not good. Everyone is looking for that to be happy.

“I’m working with exceptional players and I have the feeling that they follow us 100 per cent. I know it’s not easy working with us and with me, but I’m happy.

“That is the only reason why – when I move on always it’s because I am thinking I can be happier than the place that I was before. That is the only reason.

“But I feel I am with a club where we have got incredible owners and a good relationship so I think it will not be a problem to understand both sides if we decide to stay three more years or stay in the time we are together.

“With Khaldoon [Al Mubarak, City’s chairman] we are going to talk at the end of the season or in the middle of next season and we will see.”

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