Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the Premier League will benefit from Jurgen Klopp committing his future to Liverpool, but insists that the German’s new contract has no bearing on his own future at the Etihad Stadium.
The Reds announced on Thursday that Klopp has extended his contract by two years and will stay at Anfield until the summer of 2026.
Speaking to the press ahead of City’s trip to Leeds United on Saturday, Guardiola said: “All my career, 15 years as a manager always I have rivals. So I think it’s really good for the Premier League [Klopp] extends his contract, he decided and the club decided to stick together.”
When Guardiola was asked about whether he has held talks with City over a contract extension and if Klopp’s new deal will prompted him to follow suit, the 51-year-old said: “Why should it? Everyone has their own situation. If we decide to stay long it’s because we all decide together, not because my colleague is staying.
“Leeds is the focus, an important thing. Congratulations to Jurgen and Liverpool, think it’s good for the Premier League and the future.”
Guardiola, who has just over a year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, added: “I have the feeling one year is a long time. It’s six seasons together, so many years. I am enjoying this part of the season and I have time.
“I have an incredible relationship with my club, chairman, CEO. You know my opinion. I am incredibly happy, I could not be in a better place than where I am now, here. I can not visualise a better place, but it’s not just about me it’s about other situations. We will take the decision we will take.”
Guardiola has previously admitted that he would be interested in coaching an international team in the future, amid reports linking him with Brazil and Argentina.