Pep Guardiola Dismisses Juventus Speculation, Won't Leave Manchester City

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford FC at Etihad Stadium on March 9, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denied speculation he'll be leaving the Premier League for a stint with Juventus after Saturday's 3-1 win over Watford, telling reporters he will honour his contract with the Sky Blues.

Sam Wallace of the Telegraph shared his response when Guardiola was asked about the rumours:

Sam Wallace @SamWallaceTel

Pep on Juventus reports: 'I have two more years & moving is impossible unless they [MCFC] sack me. I will stay two more years or more. I'm not going to Juventus in next two seasons'

Per Football Italia, rumours Guardiola could join Juventus originally started in Italy, with I lGiornale reporter Luigi Guelpa (h/t Radio CRC) claiming he had already verbally agreed to a deal.

The reports were mostly dismissed in Italy―where Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are seen as the favourites to replace Massimiliano Allegri―but spread like wildfire in England, per Football Italia.

While Guardiola isn't expected to leave the Premier League champions anytime soon, things could change in a hurry if the many investigations into his current club result in serious punishment. Per sportswriter James Pearce, nearly every major football organisation is looking into the Sky Blues:

James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho

That's the quadruple for Man City: FIFA, UEFA, the FA and the Premier League #LFC https://t.co/9X65U59CAJ

City have handed Guardiola nearly limitless resources to build a juggernaut, with significant investments into the squad every season. The team has dominated in the Premier League but has yet to win its first UEFA Champions League title.

Guardiola previously built similar top squads with Barcelona and Bayern Munich but couldn't win in Europe with the latter side, either.

Sportswriter Sam Lee thinks he could well move to Italy at some point in the future, but not this summer:

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

As I said yesterday, can definitely see Guardiola going to Serie A one day- he obviously played there and has talked about how much he loves the way football is in Italy, so that’s pretty much expected. I just can’t see it being now https://t.co/C37aKCy31e

Juventus have dominated Serie A, winning seven straight titles, but haven't won the Champions League since 1996. They're all-in on winning the competition in the near future, breaking their transfer record to land Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

After losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the tie in the round of 16, Allegri's future at the club has become a frequent topic of discussion.