Man City: This may be real reason for Guardiola's new contract - pundit

By Alex McLeish

7th May, 2022 | 11:30am

Man City news: This could be real reason for Pep Guardiola signing bumper new contract - pundit

Pep Guardiola will not be “fulfilled” at Man City until he wins the Champions League, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 51-year-old’s lack of European success will be “eating away at him”.

According to The Sun (30 April), Guardiola has reached an “agreement in principle” over a new contract which will keep him at Man City until 2025.

However, City fans will have been worried about what they heard from the former Barcelona boss in the wake of their dramatic 6-5 aggregate loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday (4 May).

As quoted by Sky Sports on Saturday (7 May), Guardiola suggested he may not be “good enough” to deliver the iconic trophy at the club for the first-ever time.

McLeish suggested the clock is ticking as the Spaniard looks to keep his “incredible team” together.

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He told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “Guardiola’s been a phenomenon all over the world.

“But the one thing that will be eating away at him is this Champions League trophy. It’s escaped him over these last six or seven years.

“The loss against Real Madrid will have been devastating for the mentality at the club, but there’s no way the boardroom at City will be saying: ‘Pep’s got to go’.

“They’re rightly rewarding him with a new contract. I believe he won’t be fulfilled at the club unless he goes on and wins that first Champions League.

“How long can they keep this incredible team they have together?”

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