"Happy and comfortable" Pep Guardiola signs new Manchester City contract

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City speaks to the press before Manchester City's first Premier League home fixture against Bournemouth, at Manchester City Football Academy on August 12, 2022 in Manchester, England
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has penned a new contract that will keep him at the Etihad until June 2025.

The Spaniard’s previous deal was due to run out at the end of this season, but the fresh terms will extend his overall City stint to nine years.

“I am so pleased to be staying at Manchester City for another two years,” Guardiola said.

“I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at the club for trusting me. I am happy and comfortable here. I have everything I need to do my job as best as possible.

“I know the next chapter of this club will be amazing for the next decade. It happened over the last ten years, and it will happen in the next ten years because this club is so stable.”

Guardiola has enjoyed immense success since taking the City job in 2016, winning 11 major honours including four Premier League titles.

Champions League glory still eludes him though, with a runners-up finish in 2020/21 being as close as he’s got to claiming the European crown he won twice at Barcelona.

“From day one I felt something special being here. I cannot be in a better place,” Guardiola added.

“I still have the feeling there is more we can achieve together and that is why I want to stay and continue fighting for trophies.”

Guardiola’s side face an uphill battle to defend their Premier League crown this season, as they went into the World Cup break in second place, five points behind leaders Arsenal after 14 games apiece.

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