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‘I’ll stay at City despite ban’ – Guardiola

Manchester City’s Spanish-born head coach, Pep Guardiola, says he intends to remain at the Ettihad despite the club’s two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League.

Unless City succeed in persuading the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn  the ban imposed by Uefa on Friday, they will not compete in European football until 2022 after this season.

Guardiola’s contract is due to expire in 2021.

He is expected to speak about the subject for the first time on Wednesday.

His contract does have a break clause at the end of this season and it was anticipated he would activate it should City fail to win their appeal which they will be submitting to CAS in the next few days.

However, it is understood the forty-nine-year-old former coach of Barcelona FC has told his friends he will not be doing that, and remains committed to the club.

Guardiola is likely to discuss the issue after Wednesday’s rearranged Premier League game against relegation-threatened West Ham.

Neither City nor the Hammers has played since the initial  match was postponed due to bad weather on February 9.

As both clubs held pre-match news conferences two days before the game was supposed to be played, they have been told by the Premier League there is no contractual requirement to hold another, and it is understood neither side will do so.

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