Pep Guardiola says he wants to stay at Manchester City amid new contract speculation

Guardiola also confirmed Rodolfo Borrell will step up to replace Mikel Arteta as assistant manager after the 37-year-old was appointed as Arsenal's new head coach

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Pep Guardiola says he would like to stay at Manchester City beyond his current deal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would like to stay at the club, despite speculation he will leave when his contract expires in 2021.

The 48-year-old signed an initial three-year deal when he replaced Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2016 and agreed a contract extension in 2018, meaning he has 18 months remaining.

Guardiola reiterated his own desire to remain at City beyond the expiry of his contract, but admitted there is "no rush" to agree a new deal.

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He said: "I think in football one-and-a-half years is a lot of time for a manager.

"We'll have to see altogether how it works, what is going on. I've said many times how incredibly good it is for me here and of course I would like to stay as much as possible.

"So that is my desire, but I want to be sure this is the best for the club, that they want me to stay longer.

"It would be five years at one club and in this competition that is many, many years, so that's why it's better to be sure your decision is perfect for both sides.

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"There's no rush. It's not finishing in three or four months and the club is working perfectly in all departments, so it's not a problem, honestly."

Image: Guardiola's assistant Mikel Arteta was announced as the new Arsenal head coach on Friday

Borrell to fill Arteta void

Guardiola will have to continue at City without assistant Mikel Arteta after Arsenal appointed the 37-year-old as a permanent replacement for Unai Emery.

It has been reported Arteta was keen to take City first-team coach Rodolfo Borrell with him to the Emirates Stadium as his assistant.

However, Guardiola confirmed former Barcelona coach Borrell has stepped up to fill the vacancy left by Arteta at the Etihad.

He added:"From now on [Borrell] will stay with me. We haven't had any approach for him.

"Until the summer we are going to continue in this way, with the people who are here and who we started with three years ago.

"In the summer we will see what we can improve, what we can't improve."

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