The former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich will continue at the Etihad Stadium after five years at the club.
With his new deal running until the summer of 2023, Pep Guardiola has reached an agreement with Manchester City to extend his tenure at the Premier League club by an extra two years.
The deal marks the longest pledge the Catalan coach has ever made to a team during his managerial career, as he tries to add to the eight major trophies earned during his tenure with the People.
In the midst of a hectic campaign to consider the club’s future, the recent international break gave Guardiola and officials some downtime and came to an agreement that would certainly satisfy City fans.
I have been made to feel so comfortable in the club and in the city itself since I arrived at Manchester City – from the players, the workers, the fans, the people of Manchester and the chairman and owner,” Guardiola said upon the announcement of the deal.”
We’ve accomplished a lot together since then, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we’re all very proud of this performance.
“The best thing any manager can have is to have that kind of support. I have everything I might possibly want to do my job well and I’m humbled by the confidence shown in me by the director, chairman, Ferran [Soriano] and Txiki [Begiristain] to continue after this season for two more years.
“For us the challenge is to continue to improve and evolve, and I am very excited to help Manchester City do so.”
Club president Khaldoon Mubarak added: “It is testament to the characteristics of the man that the passion and intelligent approach of Pep Guardiola is now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as a club.”
The effect was central to our success during his tenure, and it is for this reason that I am pleased that he shares our opinion that there is so much more to be done both on and off the field.
In a path that has evolved over several years, Pep’s contract extension is the inevitable next step. It is a product of the shared confidence and respect between him and the club as a whole. The stability and innovation at the heart of our football operations are also significant.
Importantly, it is a validation of the framework and ideology of football which has been developed for more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much.
“I am sure that all City fans share my delight in this new agreement and in anticipating the exciting opportunities that are to be taken with continued hard work.”