Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that he is not thinking about leaving the Etihad at the end of the season, refusing to rule his side out of the title race
A 3-1 thumping to Liverpool at Anfield has seen the reigning holders slip to fourth in the standings, nine points adrift of the Reds, and one of their upcoming opponent Chelsea.
Unlike last season when the Citizens wrapped up the Premier League title, losing just four games for the entire season, they have already suffered three defeats this term.
Guardiola has reflected on the comments about his unhappiness at the Etihad, insisting he has no reason to consider departing City at the end of the ongoing campaign.
“Why should people think I’m not happy here? Because we lost at Anfield or I’ve lost three games this season? That’s an odd reason to say I’m not happy or satisfied to be here,” the Spaniard told Reuters.
The former Bayern Munich manager has also refused to admit defeat in the title run-in, stating the club hierarchy will have the final say about his future.
“I love to be in this position,” he revealed.
“If they (the club’s hierarchy) decide the results are getting worse, then they are going to take a decision, that’s normal.”
“You never always win in sport. It’s part of normality. People say: ‘It’s gone, it’s over’ but the people, the pundits – all of them – have to remember that it’s November,” he added.
“Until May, we are the Champions, and we want to defend that until the end.”
Guardiola’s contract ties him down to Manchester City until the end of the 2020-21 season.