Official: Pep Guardiola commits future to Manchester City


Premier League giants Manchester City have this afternoon confirmed that Pep Guardiola has put pen to paper on new terms with the club.

Pep staying put

The early months of the new season had of course seen speculation surrounding Guardiola’s name rampant in the media.

This came on the back of an altogether underwhelming campaign last time out, during which the Citizens once again came up short in Europe, and surrendered their Premier League crown to Liverpool with little more than a whimper.

Such struggles, added to the hit-and-miss start to the 2020/21 campaign endured by the Manchester giants, and the fact that his deal had been due to expire next summer, had resulted in more than a few murmurs that Guardiola and City, in turn, could soon go their separate ways.

Pep Guardiola

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on November 30, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Spaniard himself, to his credit, though, remained absolutely insistent throughout such speculation that he would not be departing the Etihad any time soon.

Speaking back in September, Guardiola assured:

‘I would love to stay longer here. It is a place I love to be.’

And, as outlined above, on Thursday afternoon, the legendary tactician has put to bed any remaining doubt surrounding his future.

In a post across the club’s social media platforms a short time ago, Man City confirmed that Guardiola has put pen to paper on a new contract.

The deal, set to run to 2023, will see the Spaniard extend his stay in Manchester to 7 years, the longest Guardiola has ever spent in charge of a single club, by some distance.

Speaking after committing his future to City, the club’s boss explained:

‘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, and 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 and 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.’

City visit Spurs

Guardiola’s first outing since penning fresh terms at the Etihad will come on Saturday evening.

The Sky Blues are set to travel to north London, for a Premier League meeting with Tottenham.

As things stand, City sit in a lowly 10th spot in the English top-flight table (albeit with a game in hand), whilst Jose Mourinho’s high-flying Spurs occupy 2nd.

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