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“A great club” – Pep Guardiola’s brother comments on whether La Liga coach could be his Manchester City successor



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The brother of Pep Guardiola, and chairman at City Group side Girona, has commented on whether the current coach of the La Liga side could be the next Etihad Stadium boss.

Manchester City’s current head coach is about to enter the final year of his current contractual agreement, with his deal set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 season with no negotiations planned over an extension at present.

The feeling within Manchester City is one of calmness surrounding the future of their most successful ever manager, allowing Guardiola the time and space to make a decision on his contract in his own time with the input of close family.

In the meantime however, Manchester City are likely to make contingency plans should Guardiola opt to leave the club at the end of his current deal, with one option being a name within the City Football Group at present.

That is Girona boss Míchel Sanchez, who has impressed this season in particular as he drives his ambitious young squad towards a top-three finish in La Liga this season following exemplary performances for the most-part of the campaign.

Speaking during a new interview with La Vanguardia, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, Pere Guardiola – chairman at Girona – has been asked whether his brother Pep could be succeeded by Girona’s Míchel at Manchester City.

“I think that Míchel has the level to coach big clubs, and we are one of them,” Pere Guardiola admitted. “Girona are a great club (laughs).”

More broadly on the success and future prospects of Girona’s current head coach, Pere Guardiola continued, “I hope he can stay with us for many more years. It will mean that we are achieving our objectives.

“Our priority is that he feels happy, committed and that he sees that from the club we give him all the tools so that he can do the job as well as he has done so far. We have to work to bring him players of a level that he can exploit as he knows how.

“If we achieve that, Míchel will be with us for many years. We don’t have to think beyond that.”

Girona take on FC Barcelona in La Liga action at home this weekend, knowing that victory over Xavi’s side would put them in pole position for Champions League football next season by leapfrogging the Camp Nou club into second.

As for Manchester City, they know that should they win their remaining four matches in the Premier League this season – against Wolves, Fulham, Tottenham, and West Ham – then they would be crowned champions for a fourth successive campaign.