‘Leaves me voice notes’ - Noel Gallagher reveals what Pep Guardiola has said on Man City future

Noel Gallagher revealed what Pep Guardiola has said about his Manchester City future.Noel Gallagher revealed what Pep Guardiola has said about his Manchester City future.
Noel Gallagher revealed what Pep Guardiola has said about his Manchester City future. | Getty Images
The Manchester City super fan has said he is hopeful Guardiola could extend his stay at the Etihad.

Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher has revealed Pep Guardiola has left him voice notes and has discussed his future with the former Oasis band member.

Reports last month suggested the City manager will walk away from his role at the Etihad in 12 months’ time, after nine trophy-laden years at the club. Guardiola’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 season and Gallagher, a regular attendee at City matches, has said he still thinks there’s a chance the ex-Barcelona manager will remain beyond next summer.

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“I speak to him quite a bit and he’s never given me any inkling that he’s not 1,000 percent happy living in Manchester,” the 57-year-old told The Athletic.

“I can play you messages where you’d go, ‘That doesn’t sound like anyone is retiring from football soon’. He sends me texts and leaves voice notes about how much he loves the club. He’s one of us, believe me.

“A good 50 percent of me thinks he’s going to stay, though. Because where’s he going to go? He won’t retire, as he’s younger than me. He won’t go to Italy, as there’s no money in it.

“He’s already done Germany. He’s not going back to Barcelona. America? Maybe. But he’s a competitor, a warrior, he’s an inspiring dude.”

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Guardiola has overseen an unprecedented level of success since taking charge at City and last month’s latest league title means only Sir Alex Ferguson has won more in the history of English top-flight football. Despite six league triumphs in seven years, a maiden Champions League success and the treble in 2022/23, Gallagher has said Guardiola’s eventual departure will offer City a new opportunity.

“When he goes, the Premier League will breathe a sigh of relief,” says Gallagher. “But it will also be good for City to think, ‘OK that was our golden era, what are we made of now? Can we get it right?’. By the time he leaves, all the charges will be done. And then it will be a big reset.

“So many football fans are desperate for him to leave because they have got it into their heads that no one is going to win anything until he does. It’s great. He just lives in everybody’s heads.”

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