Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he will definitely manage next season, whether at Arsenal "or somewhere else".
The 67-year-old was speaking at the end of one of the most disastrous weeks of his two-decade tenure as Gunners boss.
With his contract due to expire at the end of the present campaign and no new deal is yet in place to guarantee his future, speculation has grown further over his fate in recent weeks as his side have dropped off the pace at the top of the Premier League table, and were trounced 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16.
However, Wenger dismissed talks of retirement on Friday and said he would decide on a new deal in March or April.
"No matter what happens I will manage for another season. Whether it's here or somewhere else, that is for sure," Wenger said on Friday.
"If I said March or April it is because I didn't know. I do not want to come back on that.
"I am used to the criticism. I think in life it's important to do what you think is right and all the rest is judgement. I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I have to behave with my values.
"I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future. It is important to be in safe hands."
The Frenchman denied any dressing-room row after the midweek loss to Bayern, however admitted that the defeat stung.
"I hate defeat, I hate to lose games. I have a big responsibility at this club. It is difficult to take but I have the strength and experience.
"We have to focus on real problems, the way we play football and not my future," he concluded.