The escape clause in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City contract
Manchester City's defence of their Premier League crown hasn't gone well in the 2019/20 season, with Liverpool currently sitting 14 points ahead in the table, and it has emerged that there may well be an escape clause embedded in his contract with the English champions.
Guardiola's current deal at the Etihad Stadium is due to run until June 2021, which would see him spend five seasons with the Blues.
According to a report published by The Times, the former Barcelona coach can, though, leave the club at the end of the 2019/20 season as long as a number of conditions are met.
Although these conditions haven't been made public, the revelations continued the theme of speculation that Guardiola is keen to leave Manchester City sooner rather than later.
Guardiola has never coached five seasons at one club, which has forced the club themselves to start looking to the future.
At this moment in time, Manchester City's hierarchy are confident that Guardiola will fulfil his contract in Manchester, but it would be sensible of them to begin to think of alternatives.
The Daily Mail points towards Mauricio Pochettino as the best placed coach to take over next summer after having been dismissed by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.
When pressed on his own future, Guardiola has been quite open in his desire to extend his stay with the club, although how true this actually is remains to be seen.
"I am open, yes," Guardiola admitted.
"It's not about what the club wants or not, I want to see my players and how they react.
"It's not as simple as I want to renew, I want to see the club, I want to see the players and I want to see how we keep working together."