Pep Guardiola has hinted that his managerial career is far from over, having previously suggested he might retire from football to pursue other interests.
Guardiola recently ended speculation that he would leave Manchester City at the end of the season by signing a new deal. His five-year stint at the Etihad is the longest he’s spent at a club in his career and if he sees his current contract he won’t be leaving until 2023.
His previous longest stint was in Barcelona, where he spent four years, while the Spaniard also spent time at the helm of Bayern Munich.
In the past, Guardiola has indicated that he has no intention of managing in his later years, however
Asked about life after City recently, Guardiola said he would reconsider his retirement date.
“Before, I thought I was going to retire soon. Now I think I will retire older. So I don’t know, ”he said (via BBC Sport). “The experience helps you, especially the way I live my profession.”
City have had a mixed start to the season and are currently seven points behind leaders Liverpool – albeit with two games in hand. Despite their stammering league form, they are also two games away from the Carabao Cup final.
They face rivals Manchester United – who jointly lead the Premier League – in the semi-finals on Wednesday and Guardiola admitted that the Red Devils deserve to be at the top of the table.
“Ole is happier than I am,” he says. “They are there because they deserve it. Since I arrived, I expected them to be there all the time. Sometimes in the last few seasons that hasn’t been possible, especially in the Premier League. ”