Pep: If I move to Italy...

English Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he has no desire to leave the English Premier League champions amid the links with Juventus.

The Serie A giants have been linked with a move for the Spaniard after the club announced Massimiliano Allegri's departure after five seasons.

Guardiola became the first manager to win back-to-back league titles for the first time since the 2008/2009 season while the Citizens also secured the FA Cup and League Cup this season.

"There's no better place in the world to play and do your job as a manager than in England," Guardiola told the club's official website.

"I can compare it to Spain and Germany. I haven't been to other countries, but they would be quite similar. If I go to Italy it would be quite similar to Spain.

"In other places fans boo you if you don't win but here it's always supportive. It's like I am in a blue shirt and I am one of you.

"I remember in the first year it was difficult. After the defeat to Monaco in the Champions League and we were not doing well in the Premier League, the people still supported you.

"The important thing is the club followed our idea. Normally at most clubs if you win that is perfect and if you lose that is not good. Here it doesn't happen, that is one of the reasons why I decide to come here.

"I didn't win a title in the first year and people still supported us. I will never forget that.

"You can work calmly. It's the ideal. It's the perfect place to work. I don't know at other clubs in England but I especially feel it here.

"That's why I am happy to reward their confidence with my players for the next two seasons."