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“There is a feeling around the industry…” – David Ornstein provides update on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City future

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein has provided an important update on the future of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, amid concerns over his longer-term commitment.

The existing contract of the Manchester City manager expires in the summer of 2025, meaning that supporters of the Etihad Stadium club will be entering into the final season of the Catalan’s reign from this summer.

However, uncertainty continues to loom over what Pep Guardiola may decide to do in the coming months, with the club’s head coach refusing to rule out the idea of an extension or a renewal when quizzed on the subject in recent press conferences.

“We have time,” Guardiola said at the end of January. “Now I feel really good, like always I have. But in football, situations change a lot. When you have one year and a half left on your contract, it’s a lot of time in world football. We have time.”

But in a new update provided this week, a feeling within the football industry has been revealed over what Pep Guardiola could ultimately decide upon when he sits to discuss his future with Manchester City officials.

Speaking during his latest question and answer session for subscribers to The Athletic, David Ornstein was quizzed on the future of Pep Guardiola and whether anything imminent can be expected from Manchester City or the Catalan coach.

“I don’t think a decision has been made,” Ornstein responded. “As you know from last time, (Pep) Guardiola tends to leave it quite late before committing (to a new contract at Manchester City).”

Ornstein continued, “There is a feeling around the industry that he will leave in the summer of 2025, however I currently have not evidence to back this up.”

Manchester City supporters will be hoping that what could be Guardiola’s penultimate season ends in yet more history for the club in the coming weeks, with a Premier League and FA Cup double still on the cards.

City host West Ham on Sunday afternoon knowing that victory over David Moyes’ side would ensure their status as Premier League champions for the fourth successive season – a feat never before achieved in the history of the competition.

The following weekend will then see a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final, as Manchester City travel to Wembley Stadium to take on Manchester United in the showpiece finale of the competition, and a possible retention of their crown.

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