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“There is a concrete possibility” – Fabrizio Romano provides major update on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City future



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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are not set to hold contract extension talks, according to the information of journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The 53-year-old is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the 2024/25 season, and hinted that the current campaign could be his penultimate at Manchester City, with the manager’s current deal expiring next year.

Guardiola, who previously managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been in east Manchester since 2016, where the Catalan has won 17 major trophies, including six Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues boss won a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title on Sunday, as Manchester City beat West Ham at the Etihad Stadium 3-1 to clinch a sixth title in seven years.

Guardiola has overseen 471 matches to date, and could win an 18th trophy this weekend, when Manchester City face Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup Final.

Manchester City have won the FA Cup twice previously under the Catalan, including with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in north London last season, after Ilkay Gundogan’s landmark brace.

The future of Guardiola has been subject to hot debate in recent weeks, particularly following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave Liverpool following last weekend’s game against Wolves at Anfield.

The City boss has signed three previous contract extensions at the Etihad Stadium, however according to Fabrizio Romano, Club executives aren’t planning any further contract talks.

“There is a concrete possibility we see Pep Guardiola leaving Manchester City in summer 2025,” said the journalist.

“Guardiola’s full focus is on next season and not 2025/26, and probably in 2025 will decide about his future. Guardiola and Manchester City are not discussing a new contract. At the moment between Pep and City the situation is really happy, but not discussing beyond 2025. 

“But when it’s about the season 2025/26 the future of Guardiola is absolutely open. The feeling is that he is closer to leaving than staying.

“Pep will 100% stay at Manchester City this upcoming season. He wants to win the Champions League again, fight for all the titles, and is already involved in the conversations to plan for the summer transfer window.”

Manchester City will additionally compete in the expanded 32-team FIFA Club World Cup in the United States next summer, potentially further complicating any managerial succession plans.