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Reports in Italy last night claimed that Pep Guardiola has agreed a four-year contract to become the new manager of Juventus.

The claims from Radio Sportiva come after the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici was snapped entering the Palazzo Parigi hotel in Milan, where the Spaniard is staying as part of a charity golf tournament.

It was announced last week that Massimiliano Allegri would not be continuing as Juventus boss next season after five years at the helm in Turin.

The Old Lady are said to have made contact with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri about taking the job, while Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi is also in the running after recently winning the Coppa Italia.

So has Guardiola dropped any clues that he could walk out of the Etihad Stadium this summer? Here’s what he’s said in recent months.

In the build up to the 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford last week, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss made it crystal clear that he will not be joining Juventus – for now at least.

“How many times do I have to say? I’m not going to go to Juventus, I’m not going to move to Italy,” he said.

“I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere.

“Next season I will be manager of Manchester City, I said many times.”

What Man City boss Pep Guardiola has said about leaving for Juventus (Image: GETTY)

Massimiliano Allegri is leaving Juventus after nearly five years in charge of the club

Massimiliano Allegri is leaving Juventus after nearly five years in charge of the club (Image: GETTY)

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici arriving at the Guardiola's hotel, Palazzo Parigi in Milan

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici arriving at the Guardiola’s hotel, Palazzo Parigi in Milan (Image: Twitter)

After winning a historic domestic treble, it would bizarre for Guardiola to walk away from what he’s assembled now without winning the Champions League or at least giving it everything to do so.

While that didn’t stop him from quitting Bavaria for England in 2016, City’s ultimate ambition is to be successful in Europe and no manager is yet to conquer the competition with the club. Guardiola is now best placed to do so.

“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” he said after he side demolished Javi Gracia’s men at Wembley. “I know unless we do that it will not be enough.

“This comes with me, I know that.

Pep Guardiola has categorically stated that he will be manager of Man City next season

Pep Guardiola has categorically stated that he will be manager of Man City next season (Image: GETTY)

Pep Guardiola secured the treble with Man City on Saturday by winning the FA Cup

Pep Guardiola secured the treble with Man City on Saturday by winning the FA Cup (Image: GETTY)

“I arrived in Barcelona, we were lucky and we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special and that we have to win the Champions League. That’s still true.

“Even at this club, getting the points record last season and winning all these domestic competitions is incredible.”

The 48-year-old is currently contracted until the summer of 2021 but back in March, he talked up the idea of building a lasting legacy at the club.

“I have discovered that Manchester City is a much bigger club that people outside think it is,” he said.

Pep Guardiola could still extend his Man City contract beyond 2021, meaning Juventus will wait

Pep Guardiola could still extend his Man City contract beyond 2021, meaning Juventus will wait (Image: GETTY)

“It does not have a history behind it at the level of titles – but it does have the desire to become winners.

“I do not rule out continuing to lead in 10 years. It will depend how I feel and if they want me.

“It also depends on my family. I am not alone. I cannot live without my family. I will not go somewhere alone.”

City are now poised to offer Guardiola a new five-year contract in order to keep him at the club, after he said last week that he was wiling to see out the last two years on his deal “if they want me.”

Juventus have decided that Massimiliano Allegri will not see out the final year of his contract

Juventus have decided that Massimiliano Allegri will not see out the final year of his contract (Image: GETTY)

Guillem Balague has also made it clear that Pep is going nowhere.

“On Pep and Juve. He is staying at @ManCity,” he tweeted.

“No idea where the stories come from, but no truth in them.

“In fact, it was published he was in Malpensa, when actually at that point he was on the bus in Manchester!

“By the way, no truth in a new contract being discussed either.”

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