Pep Guardiola was asked if he would remain in the Premier League after his ‘best rival’ in the League, Jurgen Klopp announced that he would leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
Responding to the question, the Manchester City boss said he will have to see the remaining year of his contract to determine his future.
“I’ve still got one more year, I want to do it, maybe I’ll extend. I’m fine. What we did [in winning the treble] last season, you want more and more? It’s not going to happen,” he said.
The Catalan insisted that the ongoing campaign remains his focus because things ought to be done one after another. Therefore, the focus is on how to close the gap with Liverpool, or else Jurgen Klopp’s men will run away with the league title.
“What is important is just one step at a time. What I feel now is we cannot lose, otherwise, Liverpool will leave [us behind in the title race]. We still have the FA Cup, you have to be close [in the Premier League], around the corner is the Champions League.”
Guardiola described the outgoing Liverpool boss as a tough rival who will be greatly missed. He claimed that he was shocked like many other people when Klopp announced his departure at the end of the season.
Asked if he will miss Klopp, Guardiola replied: “I will sleep better! The games against Liverpool have almost been a nightmare. Of course, he will be missed. I was shocked like everyone. I felt listening to the news that a part of Man City will lose something.
“We cannot define our period together here without him. We cannot define our period without Liverpool. It’s impossible. They’ve been our biggest rival and personally, he’s been the best rival I’ve ever had in my life.”