Manchester City are facing the prospect of huge upheaval in 2021, with Pep Guardiola still unwilling to commit his future to the Etihad.
The Citizens are waiting on more bad news after being dethroned as English champions, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport processing an appeal against the club’s two-year ban from European competition, enforced by UEFA.
City are alleged to have committed Financial Fair Play breaches and could lose a number of their stars including Guardiola if the ban is upheld, with the Spaniard’s contract expiring next summer.
‘I’m incredibly excited for this part of the season, and the next one,’ the former Barcelona boss said.
‘I am incredibly satisfied to be in this club and to try to do our best.
‘But I don’t want to think too far ahead. Now is not the time. I just think about today. We have a tough game away against Newcastle in the FA Cup and we have to be focused.’
Guardiola is determined to bounce back next season after being crushed by rivals Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s men being handed the Premier League title on Thursday after City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
City look to be in need of defensive reinforcements but could struggle to attract the world class talent they need if Champions League football is off the cards.
Since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in 2008, City have achieved everything except the Champions League, a target the club hope to achieve this season to get ahead of any suspension.
City find themselves well placed for success so far, having beaten Real Madrid 2-1 in the first-leg of their last-16 clash with the Spanish giants.
The second leg was postponed due to coronavirus but City will travel to Lisbon for the Champions League mini-tournament in August gunning for the title.