PEP GUARDIOLA has reassured Man City fans he is staying at the club for the long haul.
However, the Spaniard admits the club may not win the Champions League during his tenure after coming up short in his first three seasons at the Etihad.
Guardiola has been heavily linked with a move to Italian giants Juventus this summerafter clinching back-to-back titles with City and an unprecedented English Treble.
But speaking to the club website, Pep — whose current City deal ends in 2021 — admitted: “There’s no better place in the world to play and do your job as a manager than in England.
“I can compare it to Spain and Germany. I haven’t been to other countries, but they would be quite similar. If I go to Italy it would be quite similar to Spain.
“In other places fans boo you if you don’t win but here it’s always supportive. It’s like I am in a blue shirt and I am one of you.
“I remember in the first year it was difficult. After the defeat to Monaco in the Champions League and we were not doing well in the Premier League, the people still supported you.
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‘IT’S THE PERFECT PLACE TO WORK’
“The important thing is the club followed our idea. Normally at most clubs if you win that is perfect and if you lose that is not good. Here it doesn’t happen, that is one of the reasons why I decide to come here.
“I didn’t win a title in the first year and people still supported us. I will never forget that.
“You can work calmly. It’s the ideal. It’s the perfect place to work. I don’t know at other clubs in England but I especially feel it here.
“That’s why im happy to reward their confidence with my players for the next two seasons.”
Pep has special praise for City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain, who he says made him the coach he is today.
Guardiola added: “Txiki is the most important person in my career as a manager. Now it is easy to trust me but he trusted me throughout and I wouldn’t be here without him. I will always be in debt and grateful.”
The one blemish on Pep’s time atCityis his record in the Champions League — with last season’s quarter final loss to Tottenham thanks to a last minute VAR decision the latest European failure.
And Pep says he may not be able to deliver the one title the club craves in their search for world domination — but believes they will now always be challenging.
He said: “Football always gives you another opportunity.
“People always said that until you win the Premier League you can’t be considered one of the greatest, now it’s the Champions League. That’s fine I accept this challenge.
“If it doesn’t happen next season, it will be the next season, and if it doesn’t happen next season it will be the next season.
“With me, without me, with this group or without this group it is important we are there fighting for that and maybe one day it happens.
“If it doesn’t happen, we are unlucky and we tried. It’s important to be there all the time and do it.”
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