Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has announced that he will leave his position at the end of the season.
The 41-year-old had already informed his squad of his decision to leave his Camp Nou post earlier on Friday, and the Catalan has now publicly confirmed that he will not extend his expiring contract with the Blaugrana.
The former Spain international claimed three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues among his 13 trophies during his time at the helm, after succeeding Frank Rijkaard as in 2008 after previously leading the club’s B’ team.
Guardiola admitted that his decision to leave the Blaugrana had been made in autumn, but only decided to reveal the news to his players and to the media following his side’s exit from the Champions League and the Primera Division title race.
“I want you to understand this isn’t a simple decision. but I’ll try to explain what I feel and I hope that people understand. I’m deeply sorry for the confusion over the last few weeks,” Guardiola stated at a press conference.
“I’ve always wanted short contracts because the demand at Barca is so big. I lived that as a player, and I know exactly how it works. I always thought that four years is an eternity for a club. I didn’t want to have a contract that will bind me to decisions I didn’t want.
“In the autumn, I announced to the president and director of football that it was the end of my era at Barca, but I couldn’t say that to the players, because it would have been too complex then. Now that we’re out of the two main competitions, it’s a good time to announce.”
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