Pep Guardiola denies claims he will take sabbatical when Man City contract expires

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MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola has denied claims he will take a sabbatical when his contract at the Etihad expires in 2021.

The 48-year-old – who has been at the club since 2016 – guided the Citizens to a historic domestic Treble last season.

Pep Guardiola denies claims he will take sabbatical when Man City contract expires1 Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola is tied down at the Etihad until 2021Credit: PA:Empics Sport

Guardiola recently assured City fans he is in it for the long haul amid interest from Juventus, who are on the lookout for a manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri.

SunSport exclusively revealed that City were to offer him a new five-year deal with a huge pay rise.

But according to the Daily Star, the ex-Barcelona gaffer is contemplating taking a break from football following a gruelling campaign that yielded three major honours.

They claim that he has told people the previous season has left him shattered.

And though there is no suggestion the Barca legend will depart this summer, he could in two years time.

But Guardiola has shut down the rumours in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. He said: "I do not take sabbatical years, the news comes out, is copied and does not occur.

"I have a two-year contract and, if I am not sent away, I will stay."

Guardiola famously took a year out in 2012 after standing down at the Nou Camp having won 13 major trophies in four years.

He returned to take charge of Bayern Munich in 2013, where he won three consecutive Bundesliga titles.

Speaking on why he needed a break from football at the time, he said: "The main reason I have taken this decision is because four years is many years. I have given everything, I have nothing left and need to recharge my batteries.

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"The demands have been great and I have not been able to rest much. I have to recover and the only way I can do that is by distancing myself."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is claimed to be considering a break when his deal at Anfield comes to an end in 2022.

ESPN state that the German has spoken to his family about taking time away, and the Reds will only offer him a new contract should he ask for one.

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