Pep Guardiola reveals his Manchester City exit date

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Pep Guardiola has seemingly revealed when he will be leaving Manchester City and what his ideal next role would be. 

The Spaniard's current contract with the defending Premier League champions is set to expire in 2023 after he extended his stay in November 2020 following two Premier League titles in the prior three domestic campaigns.     

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With a transfer expenditure that is reportedly close to £1 billion (R20.5 billion) at City and an enviable collection of trophies, many would assume that Guardiola would continue his stay at the Citizens beyond 2023. 

However, the former FC Barcelona player and manager surprisingly revealed at a recent XP Investimentos event that he intends to take a break from managing when his contract expires in two years' time.   

"I must take a break after seven years [with City]," the 50-year-old is quoted by Globo as saying. 

"I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take that path." 

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Guardiola added that he would like to experience something different from club management, such as managing an international side.

"A national team, yes. Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility," he continued. 

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

If he does take a break in 2023, it would not be the first time the tactician took a sabbatical – after he resigned from the Catalan giants in 2012, he had a year-long break before taking the Bayern Munich job in 2013.

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