Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this afternoon moved to shut down reports in the media that a clause in his contract in Manchester would allow him to move on next summer, should he choose to do so.
Guardiola’s City welcomed Manchester rivals United to the Etihad last Saturday evening, for their latest Premier League outing.
The hosts headed into proceedings aware that nothing but a win would do, after slipping a hefty 14 points off table-toppers Liverpool earlier in the day.
United, on the other hand, were hoping to close the gap on the top-4, following Chelsea’s surprise defeat at relegation-battling Everton.
And, when all was said and done, it was the Red Devils who came away with all 3 points.
A superb performance on the part of the visitors, going forward in the first-half, and defensively following the interval, saw United secure an impressive 2-1 victory.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial bagged the goals for Solskjaer’s men, as Nicolas Otamendi’s late header eventually proved little more than a consolation.
Highlights: Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United
While, as outlined above, visitors United impressed the masses with their display at the Etihad last weekend, the same could not be said for Man City.
The Sky Blues again looked some way short of their brilliant best in attacking areas, struggling to break down a resolute Red Devils backline.
At the other end, meanwhile, City looked susceptible to the break time and time again, with their defensive stability seemingly a thing of the past.
As such, with their derby showing having come as just the latest in a number of disappointing performances of late, and the English champions looking increasingly-likely to surrender their Premier League crown to Liverpool, questions have inevitably begun to be asked of Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola’s influence on the Citizens’ dressing room has evidently begun to wane over the early months of the new season, with many having questioned whether the Spaniard could soon call time on his spell in Manchester.
This, meanwhile, resulted in rumours spreading like wildfire over the last 24 hours, suggesting that Guardiola’s contract actually contains a break clause, which would allow the former Barcelona boss to depart the Etihad next summer, a year before his contract is due to expire.
As such, speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Guardiola was inevitably drawn on such claims by the waiting media.
The 48-year-old, though, was quick to assure that the rumoured clause does not exist:
‘No, it is not true. I spoke about that a few weeks ago, about my intentions with the club.’
Guardiola says at the press conference that it’s not true that there is a break clause in his contract.
— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) December 13, 2019