Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2023, the club confirmed on Thursday.
Guardiola’s deal ran until the end of the 2020-21 season, which began September 12, but he will remain in the Premier League after agreeing to an extension.
“Since arriving in Manchester City, I’ve felt so welcome at the club and in the city itself, from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the chairman and owner,” said Guardiola.
“Since then we’ve achieved a lot together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we’re all very proud of this achievement. This kind of support is the best a manager can have. I have everything I could ever want . ” In order to do my job well, I am humbled by the confidence of the owner, chairman, Ferran [Soriano] and Txiki [Begiristain] showed in me that after this season I should continue for two more years.
“The challenge for us is to keep improving and developing. I am really looking forward to helping Manchester City with this.”
The 49-year-old Guardiola previously coached Barcelona for four years and Bayern Munich for three years before joining City in 2016, where he has now had the longest period of his career. He has won two Premier League titles, three league cups and the FA Cup in four seasons, but has yet to make it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Guardiola’s greatest domestic success was achieved in City, where his team won the 2017/18 Premier League title with a record 100 points. The following season, they retained their crown with a 98-point campaign.
The City boss was tied to a return to Barcelona when the team’s front runner Victor Font declared his intention to bring him back to Camp Nou but Guardiola said he was not interested in returning to the club.
“I’m incredibly happy here,” said Guardiola. “I’m very happy to be here and I hope that this season I can do a good job here to stay longer.”
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had a sensational reunion with Guardiola in mind last summer when he made it clear he wanted to leave Camp Nou and this week La Liga president Javier Tebas again targeted City to pursue the Argentina international. And this week, Messi spoke of his frustration at the club, claiming he was tired of being seen as a problem for Barca.
“It is a testament to the man’s qualities that Pep’s passion and intelligent approach are now embedded in the structure of the football we play and our culture as a club. That influence was central to our success during his tenure and that’s why it’s me. ” I am delighted that he shares our view that so much more can be achieved on and off the field, “said city chairman Khaldoon Mubarak.
“The contract extension from Pep is the natural next step on a path that has developed 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 what matters is that it is an affirmation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built and contributed so much to over more than a decade.
“I am sure that all City fans will share my joy with this new agreement and anticipate the exciting opportunities that will arise as the hard work continues.”
Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said he was in talks with the club about extending his contract. The Belgian international’s contract expires in 2023 but the 29-year-old, who joined City in 2015 from Germany’s Wolfsburg for a record £ 55million, said he was keen to extend his stay .
“I’m happy in Manchester, I’m in a good club [with] Good owners, “De Bruyne told VTM Nieuws before Belgium beat England 2-0 in the Nations League on Sunday.” We are a bit in discussion, not advanced. At the moment I’m doing the conversations myself.
“I would like to stay at the club, so it’s easy. If I didn’t want to stay, it would need someone to mediate. But if you want to stay, it’s not that difficult.”
City are in 10th place after an indifferent season opener, with three wins, three draws and a 5-2 home defeat to leaders Leicester. Guardiola’s men are on duty alongside Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Saturday.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.