Guardiola cools exit fears

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Pep Guardiola has clarified comments hinting he could be set for an imminent departure from Barcelona.

Barca boss not thinking of leaving in near future

Pep Guardiola has clarified comments hinting he could be set for an imminent departure from Barcelona. In an interview with Italian television channel Rai Sport earlier this week, Guardiola was quoted as saying his time at Camp Nou was coming to an end. The remarks appeared to indicate that Guardiola would leave at the end of his contract in the summer of 2012, as 'players get tired of coaches and vice-versa." The former Spain international has now cooled fears about a possible exit by insisting that it was not his intention to make a major announcement about his future. Guardiola, who took charge of Barca in 2008, only meant to draw attention to the fact that it is not normal for a manager to stay at a club for more than four years. "I was not betrayed in the interview but I want to make clear that I am not thinking about leaving the club immediately. "Maybe I am naïve when it comes to dealing with the press and I will learn in the future."

Title fight

Guardiola was speaking after Barca extended their lead at the top of the Primera Liga to eight points on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over Villarreal. Real Madrid had earlier lost to Sporting Gijon, Jose Mourinho's first home defeat in more than nine years, but Guardiola insists Barca will not start celebrating just yet. He said: "If we believe it is over it is possible that Barca will miss out on the championship. Real Madrid will fight until the very last moment."

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