Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2023, ending the speculation he might return to Barcelona. The current extension will see Guardiola’s longest spell at a club, after having spent four years at Barcelona and three years at Bayern Munich.
Pep’s extension would come as an exciting news for Manchester city fans who expect this could lure Lionel Messi to work again with his former manager. After agreeing to an extension, Guardiola said to Manchester City fans “I don’t want to leave without saying hello and maybe bye in the in the stadium. All the clubs we need fans, but of course especially I am talking about ours. They must know we think a lot about them when we play, especially at home. How empty and sad it is. But hopefully it will finish soon and finally we can be together. I want them to be proud. I know we did it in the past, the way we played in the last few years. But we are looking forward to it again in the stadium. I never forget when I learned about when these fans were in Maine Road, in the second division, not fighting where we are now, and 35,000 follow the team. When that happens, that shows how special a club is. It’s not just about winning titles. Of course it’s important but sometimes it’s more important to not forget what we were. What we are right now is really, really good and the target again is fighting all together. We want to maintain this level in UK, Europe as best as possible.“
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, who was delighted with Pep’s contract extension said “It is testament to the qualities of the man that Pep Guardiola’s passion and intelligent approach are now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as Club. That impact has been central to our success during his tenure and it is why I am delighted that he shares our view that there is so much more to be achieved both on and off the field. Pep’s contract extension is the natural next step in a journey which has evolved over many years. It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire Club. It also goes to the stability and creativity at the heart of our football operations. Importantly it is a validation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built over more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much. I’m sure all City fans share my delight in this new agreement and in anticipating the exciting opportunities that, with continued hard work, are there to be taken.”