For many weeks, the future of the Spanish coach at the Citizens was strongly questioned. In the end, the Catalan should indeed continue the adventure in the north-west of England
The Guardiola soap opera is coming to an end. Recruited by Manchester City in 2016 after coming out of a three-year experience at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola (49) maintained the suspense concerning his future with the Citizens. Free from any contract next June, the former FC Barcelona coach was criticized for his inability to lead City to the roof of Europe, despite two Premier League, three Carabao Cups, one FA Cup and two Community Shields gleaned.
In Barcelona, where Guardiola acquired his letters of nobility as a coach, some then hoped for a return to the fold on the occasion of the election of the new president culé. A hope reduced to nothing by the principal concerned. “I have said it many times, my period as Barcelona coach is over. I think in life you only have to do things once ”, declared the Catalan on October 31.
A one-year contract plus an optional year
Since then, positive signs of an extension have been seen coming from the offices of the Etihad Stadium. “Pep and I have a very clear understanding of what is good for the club and what is not. We have a clear alignment in terms of vision for the future and what we want in terms of success for the club ”, said City boss Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
The English press followed suit by evoking a new long-term lease until 2025. Today, the news is confirmed. In Spain, the radio Cadena SER and newspapers AS and Sport say in chorus that Pep Guardiola will sign a new lease. Better, the official announcement would be imminent. However, it would be a one-year contract plus an optional year (not five).
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