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Guardiola rethinking retirement plans

Pep Guardiola is having a change of mind about early retirement.

The 49-year-old has previously indicated that he planned to step away from football at some stage, in order to pursue his other interests in life.

However, now he admits he is likely to remain in management longer, and that he is uncertain about his future plans.

The Spaniard recently signed a two-year extension with Manchester City, with his stay at the Etihad already longer than with any of the other clubs he has managed.

Guardiola said “Before, I thought I was going to retire soon. Now I’m thinking I’m going to retire older. So, I don’t know”.

He has won six major trophies – the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, and three League Cups – during his time in charge of City, and although they are only eighth in the table at the moment, they have two games in hand on most of their rivals.

The club has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks, with their training ground forced to close and a number of their squad forced to miss Sunday’s visit to Chelsea.

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