Pep’s Man City stint
Pep Guardiola has been Manchester City boss since 2016.
During his stint in Manchester, the Spaniard has transformed the Sky Blues into one of the most feared sides in English football.
Under Pep, City have won a plethora of trophies, including two Premier League titles.
The Citizens have also set a number of records under Guardiola’s guidance, including becoming the first male side to win the English domestic treble.
Man City’s 2017/18 campaign, meanwhile, saw them set a new Premier League points record.
Despite all of his success, though, Guardiola’s long-term future at the Etihad is currently up in the air. The former Barcelona man has now entered the final year of his contract.
Man City want Pep to stay
His stint in Manchester actually represents the longest that he has ever spent as manager of one club.
And with Man City currently not exactly looking at their best, many may assume that Guardiola has taken this side as far as he can and that the expiration of his current contract represents a natural endpoint to his time with the Sky Blues.
However, recent comments from both Pep and the higher-ups at City suggest the former Barcelona man could be sticking around a little while longer.
Firstly, Guardiola stated last month that he would love to stay at Man City longer.
Now, City’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada has come out and claimed that Guardiola staying is their priority:
“Our priority is Pep staying, so if it requires a bit of time it requires a bit of time but we want him to stay.
“There’s an element of being prepared [to make a decision] but at the same time he has demonstrated enough and in terms of his performances as a manager and the team he has shown enough commitment and we have also shown commitment to him.
“There’s a lot of trust in that relationship – with the chairman, with Txiki [Begiristain], with Ferran [Soriano], Pep and his coaching staff and when you have that level of trust in the relationship the conversations are much easier. I think we’ll be fine throughout this process.
“Clearly, Pep was the best manager, is the best manager, and will continue to be the best manager in the world. He has proven that at Barcelona, at Bayern and with us and we want him to stay and feel comfortable being with us.
“This is his fifth season working with us, which he’s never done with any other club. That is a testament to his commitment, which is great. Those conversations will happen at the right time.”
Quotes via Goal.
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