Guardiola signs two-year contract extension at Manchester City


Pep Guardiola's decision to sign a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, tying him to the club until 2020-21, was interpreted by many as a statement of dynasty-building intent from the previously itinerant Catalan coach.

Guardiola, who took over at City in 2016, led squad to the EPL title, becoming the first British team to reach 100 points in the league table, reports Efe news agency.

Guardiola finished his first season at the Etihad Stadium but says he has continued to learn since leaving Barcelona in 2012 and taking over at Bayern Munich a year later.

We are going to try every day on the pitch to improve our players.

"They've said to the rest of the Premier League "catch us if you can - good luck".

"In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field".

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Guardiola arrived in Manchester boasting a glittering CV, including two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles with Barca and three Bundesliga triumphs with Bayern. In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the Club.

But after last season, the City manager conceded: "Last season has helped us to understand a lot of things so that we apply this season".

City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said: "We are delighted to announce the extension of Pep's contract through to 2021".

Jorginho, valued at around £45m, is a confirmed admirer of Guardiola's style after City beat Napoli twice in the Champions League group stages this season.

The brand of football played by City was spellbinding, with questions asked earlier in the campaign about whether they are the best the Premier League has ever seen.

The tributes flowing for Arsene Wenger as he ended his reign as Arsenal boss have been good to see, as this is a great manager whose only crime was staying too long in the job.