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Guardiola confirms he will leave Man City at the end of 2022-23



Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he will leave Manchester City at the expiration of his current contract and that his next role will be in international football, in bombshell news for the Premier League champions..

The Spaniard, 50, has been in charge at the Etihad since 2016, winning the Premier League three times, while there are high hopes he can end the club’s wait for a Champions League triumph.

And Guardiola has told of his plans to leave City come the conclusion of his contract, which will expire at the end of the 2022-23 campaign, which would mark seven years in charge of the English club.

The 50-year-old said he would ‘take a break’ from football at that stage, with a move to international management on the cards.

“The next step will be a national team, there is a possibility. International football is the next step,” Guardiola told an XP Investimentos event, as per Brazilian website Globo.

“I would need a break after seven years [at City], I need to stop and look around, learn from other coaches, and I might take that road. I would like to coach in a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup.”

Asked about the possibility of taking charge of Brazil, he added: “They are a fantastic team. I’ve already worked with some of their players, and competed against others. A fantastic national team, Brazil is always a strong candidate or the favourite [for trophies]. Always has been and always will be.”

Guardiola was previously in charge at Barcelona for four seasons and Bayern for three but has always maintained that he cannot see himself staying in one job for too long.

He took a one-year sabbatical in New York between Barca and Bayern but moved straight to Manchester from Germany and has enjoyed an unprecedented period of success with three Premier League titles in five years, although the Champions League remains out of his grasp.

The former Barca midfielder won 47 caps for Spain but he is unlikely to manage the country because of his pride at being at Catalonian.

His former assistant Domenec Torrent has said that he would consider coaching Brazil in the future and he has helped the careers of Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus at Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has also enjoyed his time in England and the current squad includes several young City players including Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and John Stones.

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