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Pep Guardiola responds to reports of him joining Juventus next season!

The Manchester City boss had verbally agreed to Juventus on a four year deal.

This season could turn out to be an excellent season for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Guardiola’s side is leading the Premier League and have won the Carabao Cup. City have a two goal advantage in Champions League against Shalke and are in quarter final of the F.A Cup. Guardiola has a realistic chance of winning them all. However, it seemed like this season could be the final season for Guardiola in England. It’s been reported that Pep Guardiola had verbally agreed to Juventus on a four year deal. Pep Guardiola has finally responded to it.

According to the journalist who revealed Cristiano Ronaldo was going to join the Serie A champions last summer, Guardiola has verbally agreed to sign a four-year deal. Il Giornale reporter Luigi Guelpa told Radio CRC: “I’ve learned that Pep Guardiola already has reached a verbal agreement with Juventus for the next four years. It’s the same person who told me that Ronaldo was going to Juventus.” However it seems Guardiola won’t be joining Juventus this season.

Sources close to Pep Guardiola have vehemently denied claims he is set to take over at Juventus. Reports in Italy on Friday sensationally claimed the Man City manager had verbally agreed to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season. At a time when the Premier League champions are being investigated by Fifa, Uefa and the Premier League over allegations they breached Financial Fair Play regulations, Guardiola’s own future has come into question. Manchester City could face Champions League disqualification and a transfer ban if found guilty. But sources close to Guardiola insist there is no truth to claims he is looking for an exit route. The Catalan has offered his backing to the club’s hierarchy amid a series of allegations regarding financial wrongdoing. Manchester City also deny the claims, which were brought to light by whistle-blower Football Leaks. Among the allegations are claims City over-inflated sponsorship deals to avoid FFP penalties.

The Premier League champions are facing investigations from a number of organisations over matters such as financial impropriety, recruitment of academy players and third-party ownership. Many of the claims predate the arrival of Guardiola as manager in 2016, since when the club have excelled. But Guardiola said: “When you are fighting people want to underestimate what you achieve. I’m not too much concerned or worried about what people say if we win the title just because (of) what happens now with UEFA (and) they do not give us credit for what we have done. Believe me, I don’t care. Absolutely zero.”   

Author’s Take:

It must be a big relief for Manchester City and it’s fans to hear that Guardiola isn’t leaving England. Guardiola did sign a contract extension last season and is in the middle of building a legacy for Manchester City.

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