Guardiola to quit Manchester City in 2023

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Pep Guardiola says he plans to leave English champions Manchester City when his contract expires in 2023.

The 50-year-old, who joined City in 2016 and has won three Premier League titles, feels he will need a rest after seven years in charge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach also revealed his ambition is to move into the international arena.

"Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step," Guardiola said in an online forum hosted by a Brazilian financial company, reported by Globo on Wednesday.

"I must take a break after seven years (at City). I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take that path.

"I would like to train for a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup."

Guardiola took a 12-month break after his departure from Barca in 2012, after four years at the Nou Camp, before he took the reins at Bayern in 2013.

The Spaniards' comments will come as a further blow to City hierarchy on the day their pursuit of Harry Kane ended, with the England captain confirming he would be staying at Tottenham this summer.

Guardiola has also won the FA Cup and four successive League Cups during his time in the North West with City, all that remains is a Champions League success, having lost out in last season's final in Porto against Chelsea.

with AP

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