‘Guardiola Could Leave Manchester City By Summer’

A former Blues midfielder, Michael Brown is of the opinion that Manchester City gaffer, Pep Guardiola could be headed for the exit door this summer.

The former midfielder claimed to have noticed a change in body language of the Spanish boss. Hence his conclusion that Guardiola could be out of the Etihad stadium by summer, with the Citizens reportedly planning for their future after leaving assistant manager, Arteta to join Arsenal.

Pep is tied by contract to stay at the Etihad but is yet to extend his contract.

Arteta who was expected to fill Guardiola’s shoes whenever the former Barcelona boss decides to leave Etihad has now opted for a move to Arsenal.

Manchester City insists that there will be no need for a new boss anytime soon. However Michael brown holds a different opinion. The former Blues midfielder suggests that things might be taken out of their hands should Guardiola choose to step down.

“Personally I think he’s going at the end of the season,” Brown told Radio 5 Live.

“Fran [Soriano] has come out as chief executive and said he doesn’t see that being the case, he sees him being part of the plans, it’s ongoing and he doesn’t see him leaving.

“His whole body language changed recently regarding what he’s achieved, when he’s hit his goals, and it just looks like he will be heading away from that.

“Mikel Arteta was probably in line to take over from Pep Guardiola so he will have been asking that question: If Pep Guardiola leaves am I going to be that person? Obviously the answers weren’t warm enough for him to have gone to Arsenal.

“I think that’s the case because he wouldn’t have gone, he would have stayed there at Manchester City and waited his turn – whether that was in the summer or further or slightly after that for him to take over.

“The noises obviously weren’t enough for him and it was too good an opportunity for him not to take.”

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