Pep Guardiola is reportedly ready to sit down and discuss adding a further year to his present contract at the Etihad.

Guardiola open to extension talks

Guardiola open to extension talks

Spanish sources cited close to the Manchester City chief have stated the 46-year-old feels he needs "more time" to realise his ultimate first-team vision, with 18 months still left to run on his £15m-per-year deal.

The Citizens have made the best-ever start to a Premier League campaign, taking 28 points from a possible 30, which has nudged Guardiola's men five points clear at the top of the summit.

Guardiola spent three years at Bayern Munich and is known for not wanting to stay anywhere too long, to avoid the risk of burn-out, which underscored his final season at Barcelona.

City will certainly be more than open to prolonging his stay, where he is afforded complete control by the club's hierarchy, having coveted his signature for so long, prior to his arrival in Manchester last year.

Guardiola spent £215m reinforcing his squad during the summer and is known to be excited by the young prospects he now has at his disposal in Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

It's understood he and his backroom team have all purchased apartments in Manchester city centre during the last year, further underlining his commitment to stay longer in the job.