Pep Guardiola has told his players that he remain at the club despite their Champions League ban and potential demotion to League Two.
The Spanish manager’s comments come after Manchester City’s recent ban from the Champions League for 2 years. In a meeting between himself and the players on Saturday, Guardiola told them that he is totally committed to the club.
“Look, whatever league we are in, I will still be here,” Guardiola told his squad.
“Even if they put us in League Two, I will still be here. This is a time for sticking together.”
Manchester City were punished on Friday for breaching Financial Fair Play and club licensing regulations. This resulted in them being banned from the Champions League for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons – along with a £24.9m fine.
The recent punishment instantly caused speculation as to whether Guardiola would remain at the club, as his services would be very much sought after by other clubs across Europe.
The 49-year-old has said that he intends to see out his contract which expires at the end of 2020/21.
Speculation remains around many of Manchester City’s players and whether they will also remain at the club as many desire Champions League football regularly.