Pep Guardiola will be Manchester City manager next season even if the club do not qualify for the Champions League. The Bayern Munich coach has signed a three-year contract to succeed Manuel Pellegrini this summer. Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United has put City’s top-four place in doubt, leading to discussion over whether Guardiola has an escape clause. But BBC Sport has learned no break clause exists, so the 45-year-old Spaniard will join in July as planned. Sunday’s defeat means City are in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying slot, a point above West Ham and Manchester United. All three teams have played 30 Premier League games. The former Barcelona boss Guardiola has never coached in the Europa League.