Pep Guardiola vowed that Manchester City’s Champions League ban is not a finished story as he maintained he will stay with the club next season.
Guardiola’s position has come into question following the news that City will not be allowed to compete in Europe in either of the next two seasons – although the club are set to appeal UEFA’s decision.
City shifted the focus onto something more positive by dominating West Ham in a 2-0 win on Wednesday night, and Guardiola admitted after the game that he has unfinished business with the club.
“It’s not finished. The club believes it’s unfair so we are going to appeal,” he said of their European ban. “We are going to wait. All we can do is on the pitch and do what we have done the last four years and focus on that until the end of the season.
“I trust 100% completely my club what they have done. They explained to me the reasons why.
“We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season. We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.
“If they don’t sack me I will stay here 100% more than ever. First because I want to stay. It’s something special, more than the contract I have.
“I said before, I say now, I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible.”