Pep Guardiola says he wouldn’t have signed a new contract with Manchester City if he felt the players weren’t showing enough ‘desire and hunger’.
In November, the former Barcelona head coach extended his contract by two years, keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2025.
Guardiola has won the Premier League four times, as well as five domestic cups since joining the club in 2016, though the Champions League has eluded him with the Citizens so far, including a final defeat against Chelsea in 2021.
However, the signing of Erling Haaland has revitalized Guardiola’s team and many believe the Norwegian international could be the final piece of the puzzle as City claim European football’s top prize for the first time.
Guardiola’s new contract puts an end to rumors that his time at City is coming to an end, with some suggesting he may be looking for new challenges or even taking a sabbatical like the one he did after leaving Barcelona in 2012 year.
But Guardiola believes City’s two performances since the World Cup break – a 3-2 EFL Cup win over Liverpool and a 3-1 league win over Leeds United – showed why he chose to stay. .
“These are the results [that matter]”, – Guardiola told reporters. “If we are tired of each other, then I will not finish this contract. The contract is just paper.
“If I extend, it’s because I have a feeling that we can still play well, like in the last two games. We’ve done a lot of good [in those games] and still have the desire and thirst to do so.
“The moment I feel something is broken, I will resign or not renew.”
At the World Cup in Qatar, City players played 4,572 minutes on the pitch, almost 1,000 minutes more than any other Premier League side.
However, City have picked up a couple of important victories since their return to action and Guardiola is delighted with the way his players have restarted the season.
“You have no idea how people will come back from the World Cup,” he added. “They are at 25 degrees.
“And then you come here with this weather, straight to Elland Road against the most intense team in the Premier League. But they responded very well. The commitment made me feel like “let’s try it again.”
“If we don’t do it against these opponents, then it will be impossible. It’s a call to do it again. What I’m most proud of is that we’re still there.”
Despite beating Leeds, City are still five points behind leaders Arsenal, who are looking to clinch their first Premier League title since the Invincibles did so in 2004.
But Guardiola is confident his team can catch up with the Gunners under his protégé Mikel Arteta, adding: “Arsenal have done brilliantly and have been better than us so far. Their gap is not 15 or 20 points, we are close.
“Having won four goals in five years and seeing how we played at Leeds after winning all opponents, I see the desire.”