Man City boss Pep Guardiola opens up on managerial plans ahead of 700th game

Pep Guardiola takes charge of his 700th game as a manager on Saturday – and says he wants to manage another 700 before retiring.

The 49-year-old has achieved the milestone with glittering spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, and said he has no intention of slowing down.

“Yeah, 700 games and I’m going to do 700 more and after that I’ll retire,” said Guardiola. “It's so good, when you start you don’t expect what will happen.

“It’s good to have 700 games and thanks for all the players and staff, in Barcelona, Bayern and here.

“It's an incredible number, with all the people we’ve been together. Hopefully we can do it in the future.”

Guardiola's City host Fulham in the 3pm kick-off with star striker Sergio Aguero – who has played just four times this season – still sidelined with a knee problem.

“He's not available this weekend,” said Guardiola. “He's getting better and already on the pitch with us at training. We’ll see [when he is back].”

Raheem Sterling has not started City's last two Premier League games, but Guardiola insisted the winger remains a key player for him.

“Absolutely, he hasn't done anything differently since we are together,” said Guardiola. “He's an important player, his contribution has been huge in the past and will be in the future.

“We speak with the players every day, I’m on the pitch, so I talk with him a lot and he wants to play every week.”

City ran out 5-0 winners over Burnley last weekend, with Riyad Mahrez the star of the show thanks to his hat-trick.

But a 0-0 draw at Porto on Tuesday ended City's 100 per cent record in the Champions League and led to an escalation of the war of words between the clubs.

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