Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola says he’s ‘very excited’ to continue with the challenge of ‘improving and evolving’ the club’s status after putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract.
The 49-year-old Spaniard has put an end to speculation over his future by committing to the summer of 2023, with his previous deal due to expire at the end of the season.
Since taking over the reins from Manuel Pellegrini back in July 2016, Guardiola has steered City to eight major trophies and won 181 of his 245 games in charge.
‘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,’ Guardiola told City’s official website.
‘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 [Soriano] and Txiki [Begiristain] 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.’
Guardiola’s current five-year spell at the Etihad is already his longest commitment to a club since he entered the world of management with Barcelona back in 2008.
The Catalan would overtake Joe Mercer on City’s list of longest-serving post-war managers should he see out his new deal in the north west.
Manchester City silverware during Pep Guardiola’s reign
Premier League: 2017/18, 2018/19
FA Cup: 2018/19
EFL Cup: 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20
Community Shield: 2018, 2019
On Guardiola’s decision to extend his stay, City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak 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 a 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.’
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