Pep Guardiola signs new two-year deal with Manchester City

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City signs a contract extension at Manchester City Football Academy on November 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City signs a contract extension at Manchester City Football Academy on November 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at Etihad stadium until 2023, the club announced on Thursday.

Guardiola, who joined Manchester City in 2016 from German giants Bayern Munich, only had seven months left on his previous contract.

“Everyone at Manchester City is absolutely delighted Pep has extended his stay with us and we wish him every success in the remainder of his time here,” the club said in a statement.

The 49-year-old’s stay at the club will now be extended to seven years and his current five-year tenure is already the longest commitment he has made to a football club since he became a manager in 2008.

The new deal will also see him become the club’s second longest-serving post-war manager.

City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak welcomed Guardiola’s contract extension saying there was “so much more to be achieved” both on and off the field with the Spaniard in charge of the club.

“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,” Mubarak said.

“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.”

Guardiola, on his part, hailed the support he had received the support he received from the club’s management and supporters adding that he had “everything I could possibly want to do my job well.”

“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that,” he said.

Under Guardiola, City has flourished winning several titles, including the Premier League twice, and setting a host of records, including becoming the first club to complete a domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup victories.

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