The Spanish coach could leave England at the end of the season.
Many sides are interested in his signature.
Pep Guardiola will consider his future at Manchester City after the club were hit with a two-season Champions League ban. City were handed the sanction and a €30million fine by UEFA on Friday for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations.
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” a statement read. “The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.”
But, while City urgently plan their appeal, the football world waits to see how Guardiola reacts to a punishment that could convince the Spaniard to quit the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season. Guardiola reportedly has a break clause in his contract which means he can depart at the conclusion of this campaign should certain stipulations be met that satisfy the Citizens’ hierarchy.
The club officials were said to be confident that, despite an underwhelming season which has seen them fall 22 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, Guardiola would honour a contract that currently ties him to the club until 2021.
ESPN reports Guardiola is worried about how the ban will impact his players but does claim the former Barcelona coach would be willing to remain as long as he, personally, is happy. But staying with City now European football could be off-limits is likely to be a rather more unappetising prospect for the coach.