Pep Guardiola: Short-term deals inspire me to deliver

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists that having a short-term contract helps him to perform as a manager

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Pep Guardiola's current deal expires in June 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

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Pep Guardiola believes he works at his best when he is not tied down to a long-term contract, saying he is more motivated to perform when he has the freedom to decide his own future.

The Barcelona coach’s refusal to sign anything longer than one-year extensions at the Camp Nou has led to speculation over his future, but the former Spain midfielder insists working under a shorter contract helps inspire him to keep delivering.

“Every day I think that I could be leaving the day after. I work better when I know that I have the freedom to decide my own future,” he was quoted as saying by Sport.

“There is a risk that you lose your passion for what you do when you sign a long-term contract. It is all about passion.

“The biggest wealth that someone can have is doing something that you really like. That is the essence of everything in my opinion.”

Guardiola has led the Catalan giants to three La Liga crowns and two Champions League triumphs since taking over from Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

Serie A giants Internazionale are the latest club reported to be interested in securing the services of the 40-year-old, who has a 71.65 per cent win ratio as Barça coach.

But Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has vowed to do everything in his power to convince the Spaniard to stay at the Camp Nou after his current deal expires at the end of the season.

“We will do our best to keep Guardiola,” Rosell said. “He is the best coach in the history of the club and is also a great person. We will do our best to keep him.”

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