Pep Guardiola has said that he needs to prove to himself that he deserves a new contract with Manchester City before making a decision on his future at the club.
The Spanish boss claims he is still very happy at Etihad Stadium, though stated talk of a new deal is premature considering how high expectations have risen.
“I have been here already four seasons at the end of this year and at the end of next year, it will be five because I want to be here until then,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“So it’s a long time. Look what happens, clubs sack their managers week by week. I have answered this many times. I am incredibly good here.
“To sign a contract I need to see how this works and if I deserve it. The level, we increased a lot in the last years and the expectations are higher, we have to see if we can handle it.
“It’s not just my decision, the club didn’t talk. Now it’s a little bit of a break with the family for Christmas, then we prepare for Wolves, then we can think about the future.”
City return to Premier League action when they play Wolves at Molineux on Friday, before welcoming Sheffield United to the Etihad less than 48 hours later, much to Guardiola’s frustration.