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Pep Guardiola agrees new Man City contract ending speculation over future

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Pep Guardiola has put an end to speculation over his Manchester City future by agreeing a new long-term contract at the Etihad.

Guardiola’s previous deal was set to expire in seven months, meaning some were tipping him to leave City at the end of the season.

Juventus and former club Barcelona had reportedly been eyeing up the Spaniard, who has spent the last four years in Manchester after waving goodbye to Bayern Munich.

Following a disappointing season in which City’s two-year stranglehold on the Premier League title came to an end, and their Champions League dream came crashing down once again in a shock quarter-final defeat against Lyon, many felt he would bid farewell to the club next summer and make the next step in his managerial career.

But Guardiola has now committed his future to City by approving a contract extension that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023, the Premier League side have confirmed.

The new deal will take him to at least six years in the hot-seat, which is longer than most anticipated when he arrived in Manchester after four and three-year spells at Barcelona and Bayern respectively.

City chiefs were desperate for Guardiola to put pen to paper on a new deal and therefore afforded him time to mull over the decision with his family.

By providing the answer in November, the 49-year-old has eradicated any lingering uncertainty over his future and allowed the club to focus solely on achieving their goals this season.

Guardiola has claimed two Premier League titles in his four-year stint at City, first romping home to glory in 2017/18 with a record tally of 100 points.

He then pipped Liverpool to the crown in the greatest title race of all time the following season, producing 14 consecutive wins to finish on 98 points – one ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

City have also picked up three League Cups and one FA Cup since Guardiola took the helm, although they are yet to make it past the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.

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The former Barcelona man will be desperate to get his hands on European football’s biggest prize again, having not done so for the last nine years.

Former star Lionel Messi could help him in that quest, with City likely to come back in for the Barcelona legend should he leave the Nou Camp as expected next summer.

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