Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ended speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension.
Guardiola’s contract at the Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season, and there had been suggestions that the Spaniard could walk away from the Citizens at the end of his current deal.
This is already the longest time Guardiola has spent at a single club, with four and three seasons at Barcelona and Bayern respectively. There had been lots of speculation over the Catalan’s next move.
The City boss has extended his contract at the Etihad 2023, the club confirmed on Thursday ending all those speculations.
The extension is set to keep Guardiola at the helm until the summer of 2023, by which time he will have spent seven seasons in charge of the club, making him their longest-serving manager in 60 years.
Guardiola said: “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 [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.”
In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by City Chief and Man City Xtra, many Man City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.
You can see some of their reactions to the report below:
— JS (@ManCityFORLIFE5) November 19, 2020
2 more years of greatness!
— Leo🇧🇼 (@mcfcleo_) November 19, 2020
This is the best news ever!!! 🙏🏻👍
— Natalie Varley (@tillyv) November 19, 2020
Yesss absolutely buzzing 💙💙💙
— Nayar.A (@ec9115e7ccd4439) November 19, 2020
Great news , the greatest manager of my lifetime . Welcome Lionel and Sergio’s extension ..
— steve Williams (@photoman26) November 19, 2020
— Yusuf Arouni (@YKMCFC) November 19, 2020
The English media about to cry for another 3yrs cos he’s about to set another record with @ManCity 🔥😂
— SK_Taskbar (@smoquelarsiny) November 19, 2020