Mikel Arteta believes that Pep Guardiola will be staying at Manchester City beyond this season. The Spaniard has entered the final year of his contract and talks over a new deal have yet to start. While Guardiola never wants to look any further than his current contract, Arteta believes that he will be signing a new contract with the club within the next few months.
Arteta was asked on Guardiola’s future at City: “It’s up to him. The last time I heard an interview he was still really happy there and he was talking about the future, some of the signings they have done recently they are really young players so I don’t know. I just want to see him happy.” City completed the signings of Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Ferran Torres (Valencia) and Ruben Dias (Benfica) this summer.
Arteta and Guardiola will meet on Saturday when Arsenal faces City in the Premier League. “I know him really well because we worked together for four years and very closely. We both know how we think and the solutions that can be made,” said Arteta. “After is to try to prevent them executing on the football pitch when everything is going a hundred miles an hour which is very difficult, much more difficult than just on tactics boards.”