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Pep Guardiola hints at new Manchester City deal as Etihad chief vows: “I will remain as long as possible”

Manchester City have splashed more than £200million this summer, welcoming the likes of Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy through the door

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given a clear hint that he wants to sign a new contract with the club.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is entering the second of a three-year deal at the Etihad, but has clarified that he needs more time to accomplish his mission at City.

Guardiola has already spent over £200million during this transfer window, and still wants three more players to build a new successful squad.

According to Manchester Evening News , he is refusing to put a timeframe on his stay at the Etihad – but made it clear he sees himself at the club for the long-term.

He said: “I will try to remain as long as possible to help, to help City keep moving forward and stay high.

“I think the club has to work and listen to the manager in the right moment, but also take their own decisions in the future. Nobody knows what will happen.

“For all the managers in the world it depends on the results.”

Guardiola has made concerted effort to significantly lower the age of his squad – overseeing the departures of Aleks Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna this summer – four players all in their 30s.

He has replaced them with the promise Ederson Moraes, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy.

“They are really good players,” he said. “Good enough that it doesn’t matter who the manager will be.

“For Manchester City that is the most important thing.

“The new players have come in and we know the kind of energy they have to give us a really good chance to fight for the titles.

“We were not good enough and we haven’t changed for the short period.

“Bernardo Silva is 23-24 years old. Ederson is 23-24 years old.

“All the players’ averages are so, so young, so for the next five, six or seven years they will be here.

“And as soon as possible we want to be involved in the title.”

Guardiola endured his first trophyless campaign as a manager last season.

He knows the expectation is to win silverware this term – but is adamant he is under no greater pressure than before.

“The pressure is completely the same as my first year in Barcelona B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and now,” he said.

“So no change at all. The guys are going to help us to be strong.

“The ambition is the same as last season.”

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