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Guardiola denies there is a 'break clause' in his contract with City

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Published on December 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:51s

Guardiola denies there is a 'break clause' in his contract with City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says "my intentions are with the club" as he praises Liverpool rival Juergen Klopps' announcement that he has extended his contract for another five years.

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Guardiola denies there is a 'break clause' in his contract with City

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER ASKING MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA: "Another report came out yesterday as well about your contract and specifically whether or not there is a break clause at the end of this season.

Can you tell us if that is the case?" GUARDIOLA: "No, it's not true." REPORTER: "Not true." GUARDIOLA: "No." REPORTER: "So does that mean definitely you are going to be here for..." GUARDIOLA: "I talked about that a few weeks ago, one week ago, yes, my intentions are with the club." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER ASKING MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA: "Juergen Klopp has agreed a new deal at Liverpool, what's your reaction to that news and has he provided you with one of the toughest challenges that you've had in your career?" GUARDIOLA: "Yes, I congratulate him and Liverpool for extending five more years here in England, so, he deserves it." REPORTER: "Has it been a tough challenge trying to face his team and try to beat his teams?" GUARDIOLA: "Of course, it's a tough challenge.

There are other managers at other clubs are a challenge, so we don't play or look at games for eleven months, so we play two times in the Premier League and after there are many, so... But I think it is really good for the Premier League he can continue here." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER ASKING MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA: "Facing

Class="kln">Arsenal with Freddie Ljungberg in there in this interim role, does that present any different challenges had it been Unai Emery there now or with Ljungberg in place, how do you assess Arsenal now?" GUARDIOLA: "We watch the Premier Games with Unai and watch the games they play with Ljungberg and try to figure out what they are going to do against us, but normally Arsenal have a typical style of play, so if you are able to let them play, they have quality to play, and of course the people up front with with Pepe, Aubameyang, with the quality of Lacazette, so that's the Arsenal way, a big test for any team." STORY: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied reports that his contract contains a 'break clause' that could allow him to leave at the end of the season.

The Spaniard signed an extension last year until 2021 but with City's hopes of a third successive Premier League title now looking remote, questions have been raised about his future.

Asked on Friday (Decembeer 13) whether he could be released from his contract at the end of the season, Guardiola said: "No it's not true.

I already spoke about that, about my intentions with the club." Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016 and after a trophy-less first season he has delivered two league titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup to the Etihad Stadium.

This season, however, his star has waned with Liverpool's Juergen Klopp taking centre stage with his side eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and 14 ahead of City who have slipped below Leicester City into third place.

Klopp agreed a contract extension until 2024 on Friday.

"I congratulate him and Liverpool, he deserves it," Guardiola told reporters at his news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Arsenal.

"I think it's really good for the Premier League he can continue here." Guardiola's immediate priority will be to get his side back on track against Arsenal, having suffered defeat in last weekend's Manchester derby.

Arsenal, under caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg, ended a nine-match winless sequence by beating West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday and drew 2-2 with Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.

"We watched the games with (former manager) Unai (Emery) and the games with Ljungberg and try to figure out what they will do against us," Guardiola said.

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