Man City respond to Guardiola exit reports

Pep Guardiola remains fully committed to his deal at Manchester City, claims Alberto Galassi, with “nonsensical” reports of an imminent transfer to Juventus being rubbished.

A matter of days after seeing City secure an historic domestic treble in England, the former Barcelona coach is being linked with a move to Italy.

Some reports have gone as far as claiming that an agreement is in place and that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will be confirmed in a new role very soon.

City board member Galassi insists that is not the case, with Guardiola having told the club that he intends to honour an agreement at the Etihad before considering a new challenge.

“As a Manchester City advisor, I was very surprised to read that a news agency broke completely nonsensical news,” Galassi told Sky Sport Italia .

“What Pep said last week obviously went unheard.

“First of all, the coach wants to stay at the club and he still has two years left on his contract.

“Second, a club like Juventus wouldn’t have allowed the leak of news of this magnitude. They would have contacted us first.

“It’s impossible to think that there will be a presentation in a few days. The news is completely untrue. It’s ridiculous.

“The coach’s desire is to stay, Pep is an amazing professional.

“He can’t understand why his words are not being considered.

“Honestly we don’t understand why a club should explain a sure fact, Guardiola wants to stay.”

Galassi went on to say that he has discussed the speculations with Juventus vice-president Pavel Neved, who found the rumour as amusing as he did.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, we exchanged some messages via Whatsapp and we had a few laughs,” added the lawyer.

“Juventus is a club that doesn’t need to do this sort of thing and we both realised that the issue had become ridiculous.

“I’m sorry for the Bianconeri fans, but you will have to find another coach.”

Guardiola said when quizzed on the gossip: “How many times do I have to say? I’m not going to go to Juventus, I’m not going to move to Italy.

“I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere. Next season I will be manager of Man City, I said many times.”


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