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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Premier League has improved him as a manager

Pep Guardiola
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Pep Guardiola believes his experience in the Premier League has made him a better manager, after extending his stay at Manchester City.

The Spaniard penned a two-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, which will tie him to the club until 2023.

"English football is fascinating because there are many different cultures in one league and different ways and I've learnt a lot as a manager since being here,” he told Sky Sports.

"Watching some incredible colleagues in England and the incredible players that are in this league, I feel I'm a better manager than when I landed here so I can just say thank you for this opportunity. 

"I'm going to stay longer and enjoy that and learn from all of them.”

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Guardiola has already been at City for five years, longer than his previous spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but he insisted that he hasn’t lost any of his hunger to win silverware.

"In five seasons, many things happen in good ways and not good ways, it's normal,” he said.

“We [Guardiola and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak] talked but always when we put all the situations on the table, we decided that still we can be together for a longer time.

"This is a club that in the past, didn't win much. In the recent past with Roberto [Mancini] and Manuel [Pellegrini], they won and the most recent past, we won and won again. In three seasons, we won eight titles, which is a lot in world football and especially in England.

"The unfinished business is to continue to do it when, in the history of this club, it was not able to do it. To maintain during the seasons, winning titles or being there fighting for titles. This is the target, not a specific trophy, but be able to maintain this club as high as possible in terms of football.

"It's always difficult [to win titles]. Saying that now it's more difficult looks like the years before it was not and it was the complete opposite."

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