Guardiola speaks out as City boss commits to massive new deal

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2020 12:51 - James Marshment

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract through to the summer of 2023, the Premier League club have announced.

Guardiola, who arrived at City in summer 2016, will take his agreement through to seven years.

In 11 full seasons as a manager, Guardiola was collected an incredible 29 major trophies.  

His time at City has seen the club win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups. They are also the only side to amass 100 points in one Premier League season.

There had been speculation Guardiola could walk away next summer.

Juventus were among the clubs strongly linked. Recently, there has also been speculation a return to Barcelona could be on the cards.

Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino was reported to be keeping an eye on developments.

However, the new deal ends that speculation and City can look forward to more years under the Spanish tactician.

Confirming the news, chairman Khaldoon Mubarak spoke of his delight on the club’s official website.

“It is testament to the qualities of the man that Pep Guardiola’s passion and intelligent approach are now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as Club.

“That impact has been central to our success during his tenure. It is why I am delighted that he shares our view. There is so much more to be achieved both on and off the field.

 

 

“Pep’s contract extension is the natural next step in a journey which has evolved over many years. It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire Club.

“It also goes to the stability and creativity at the heart of our football operations.  Importantly it is a validation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built over more than a decade. Pep himself has contributed so much to this.

“I’m sure all City fans share my delight in this new agreement and in anticipating the exciting opportunities that, with continued hard work, are there to be taken.”

 


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Guardiola explains new deal delight

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And Guardiola spoke of his delight at signing the deal, explaining why he felt part of the fabric at the club.

“Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the Club and in the city itself. From the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the Chairman and Owner.

“Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies. We are all very proud of that success.

“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well. I am humbled by the confidence the Owner, Chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.

“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that.”

 

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