Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed during his pre-match press conference that City’s owner Sheikh Mansour wants the Spaniard to remain at City for “a long, long, long, long time”. The City boss is just six months into his three-year contract but following a meeting in Abu-Dhabi last week Guardiola claims to have been given assurances by the City hierarchy.

The news comes as no surprise to the majority of the football world as the club spent four years pursuing Guardiola before he finally decided to join the Blues in the summer following the expiration of his contract with Bayern Munich.

Guardiola has been the man targeted to bring European success to the success-driven owners following a forty-seven-year trophy drought in European competitions.

“I met Sheikh Mansour for the first time, and I was really impressed that he knew absolutely everything about us,” said Guardiola.

“It was nice to meet him and spend a few hours together. We spoke about private lives, families, the club, about my impression after six months here. The owners are able to help us, not just me but the people at the club, the staff. They were so kind. He would like me to stay here for a long, long, long, long time. But of course, it depends on results. If we do not get good results, they’d say, ‘What happened? What can we do? What we need to ­improve?’ That’s the process, and they are going to help us.”

“We didn’t speak about targets,” said Guardiola. “They will be happy if we win. I know we have to win, but I have ­handled that in the past and I will do so in the ­present. All the managers and ­owners know that we are here because of the results. If the results are not good, we are going to be replaced by ­another. It is important we are ­together, both departments, the chairmen, managers and owners, that we have the same objective, the same target.”

If European success is the long-term objective for the owners, then there’s no denying City are on course to achieve that goal following their round-of-16 first leg victory over the much fancied Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.



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