Guardiola signs new City contract

By Ric Turner, Thu 19 November 2020 15:55

Guardiola signs new City contractTwo-year extension will see manager stay at The Etihad until 2023

Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year extension to his contract that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2023, the club confirmed today.

His current deal was due to expire at the end of this season, but Guardiola maintained that he would extend his stay if the club felt it was deserved.

It will take his time at the club to seven years, far exceeding his spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Under his stewardship the Blues have won eight trophies, making him the most successful manager in the club's history.

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 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.”

Guardiola himself added: “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.  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 and Txiki 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.”