The news spread through the England- Pep Guardiola agreed with the leaders of Manchester City on the extension of the contract and officially initialed a new two-year cooperation. More precisely, until the summer of 2023. The citizens have thus ensured stability in the team and the extension of the system, which has brought many great results to the club over the years.
The primary goal will be to break the barrier called the quarterfinals of the Champions League, in which Manchester City has fallen in the last three seasons, and the second - the one that might be of more interest to fans - is a potential attack on Lionel Messi next summer.
It is believed that the extension of the cooperation between Guardiola and City will bring Lionel Messi to the Etihad, whose contract with Barcelona expires and who has been unhappy at the Nou Camp for a long time. Reportedly, City could try to do the job in January as well and rely on Eric Garcia's return to Spain.
"Pep's contract extension is a natural next step on the path that has evolved over many years. It is a product of mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the whole club. It is important that it is a confirmation of the football structure and philosophy that was built over more than a decade and to which he contributed so much."
"I am sure that City fans share our satisfaction with the signature and the anticipation of many exciting opportunities that will be used with continuous, hard work," reads the club's statement. Guardiola arrived in Manchester City in the summer of 2016, but in February of the same year he initialed a three-year contract with the club.
This will be his second time to extend his cooperation with the club, where in the meantime he has won two championship titles, three League Cups, two Community Shields and one FA Cup. It is clear that the Champions League trophy is missing from this list, which is the silent suffering of the leaders of the Citizens.
Guardiola has won the most important trophy in European club football so far only in Barcelona (twice), and on both occasions, the leader of the team was Lionel Messi, who could make an advantage on that road next season.
"Ever since I arrived in Manchester City, I have felt so welcome, both at the club and in the whole city - from the players, the club staff, the Manchester fans, the chairman and the owner. Since then we have achieved a lot together, scoring goals, winning, winning trophies. and we are all very proud of that success.Having such support is the best thing any manager can have"