Pep Guardiola has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension with the defending Premier League champions Manchester City. The news was first confirmed by The Athletic. Guardiola’s existing deal is till the end of this season.
As per reports, The Spaniard’s deal will include an initial one-year deal, with both the club and manager holding an option for a further season. This structure allows either party the option to choose to end the contract sooner if they wanted.
Guardiola joined Manchester City in 2016 and has since won four Premier League titles as well as one FA Cup and the League Cup four times. City also reached the Champions League final in 2020-21, which they lost 1-0 to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Man City have continued their dominant form this year as well. Guardiola’s side is second in the Premier League table, five points behind league leaders Arsenal. Similarly, this year the Citizens have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and are through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Pep Guardiola earlier this month expressed that he wouldn’t find a better club to manage than Manchester City which pointed out that he would possibly extend a contract that will be expiring in 2023.
He said: “(Would I) stay in another place for seven years? No, I don’t think so. It is difficult to find what I have here as a manager. To be a manager for a long time you need to be so supported. The results help a lot, that is undeniable. In this world they sack you, they fire you, we know that.”
“But, at big clubs, part of the success of the manager is the chairman, the sporting director especially, the CEOs and all the people here. It goes to the media, fans and players. There is stability. This is why I think only in few clubs this can happen.”