Guardiola extends stay at Man City

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Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola has renewed his contract to 2023 on Thursday.

Guardiola’s five-year stint with the club is the longest commitment he has made to a football club since becoming a manager in 2008. His new deal with Man City will see him overtake Joe Mercer’s record on the club’s list of longest-serving post-war managers.

“Since joining Manchester City, Pep has had a transformational effect on the club’s playing style and has guided the team to eight major trophies, setting a series of significant records along the way. In total, the team has won 181 of the 245 matches under his charge – a win rate of 73.87 percent – winning a piece of silverware every 31 games he has overseen,” Man City stated in a statement.

The Citizens’ Chairman Khaldoon Mubarak confirmed the news and said: “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 and it is why I am delighted that he shares our view that 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 and to which he has contributed so much.

“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.”

Picture courtesy of Manchester City.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Guardiola noted that ever since he arrived at Manchester City he felt so welcomed.

“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,” said the 49-year-old mentor.

“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 former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager further said that the challenge for them is to continue improving and evolving, and he’s very excited about helping Manchester City do that.

Guardiola has collected a total number of 29 major trophies in his eleven full seasons as a manager.

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