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jumping ship Pep Guardiola to leave Man City in 2023 and turn his attention to international football

Guardiola has won three PremierLeague title since taking charge of City in 2016.

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Pep Guardiola’s contract runs until 2023 (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Pep Guardiola’s contract runs until 2023 (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Pep Guardiola’s contract runs until 2023 (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Pep Guardiola has said he plans to leave Manchester City when his current contract runs out in 2023.

The 50-year-old Spaniard, who joined City in 2016 and has won three Premier League titles, feels he will need a rest after seven years in charge.

And the former Barcelona boss revealed his next ambition is to take charge of a national team.

“Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step,’ he said at an XP Investimentos event, as reported by ESPN on Wednesday.

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Pep Guardiola has lifted the Premier League trophy three times with Manchester City (Dave Thompson/PA)

Pep Guardiola has lifted the Premier League trophy three times with Manchester City (Dave Thompson/PA)

Pep Guardiola has lifted the Premier League trophy three times with Manchester City (Dave Thompson/PA)

“After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop. I’m going to have to take a break, see what we’ve done.

“And in the process, I would like to train a South American (team), European, playing a Copa America, I want to have that experience.”

Guardiola took a 12-month break following his departure from Barcelona in 2012 after four years at the Nou Camp, and joined Bayern Munich in 2013.

Guardiola’s comments will come as a further blow to the City hierarchy on the day their pursuit of Harry Kane ended, with the England captain confirming he would be staying at Tottenham this summer.

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