Manchester City chiefs are monitoring the progress of RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann with Pep Guardiola unlikely to renew his contract at the Etihad.
Guardiola, the most decorated manager in City’s history, has eight months left in his current contract and is yet to renew his contract or sign a new extension.
Doubts over Guardiola staying as a Man City manager come next summer have already crept into many of the players in the Blue side of Manchester and it seems to have affected their performance on the field with City held to 1-1 draw against West Ham in their previous Premier League fixture.
Manchester City are currently 13th in the Premier league table with only eight points from five matches. They started the campaign with a 3-1 win over Wolves but have since been thrashed 2-5 by Leicester and held to 1-1 draws by Leeds United and West Ham in between the win over Arsenal.
Reports have suggested that sudden dip in form is due to growing injury list in the squad as well as the dilemma over the next manager if Guardiola doesn’t stay.
The report adds that City hope Guardiola, who is in the final year of his deal at the club, agrees on a new long-term extension.
The Spaniard is in his fifth season at the Etihad, longer than he spent at either Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
City’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada revealed last month that he is determined to keep the club’s most decorated manager in Manchester.
Yet last season ended in disappointment for the Sky Blues as they missed out on both the Premier League and Champions League. Guardiola recently admitted he has to prove he deserves to stay following his side’s worst start to a campaign since 2014.
According to a report from Daily Mail, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with taking over at City as well as City’s rivals Manchester United if they decide to get rid of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
RB Leipzig’s Nagelsmann are said to be on City’s watchlist as he continues to see his reputation soar after guiding RB Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals last term.
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