Pep Guardiola has reportedly agreed a new deal to extend his stay with Manchester City.
The Catalan has been the dominant force in English football ever since taking over at City back in 2016, winning four of the last five Premier League titles despite the regular challenge of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
The 51-year-old took a sabbatical following his four years in charge at Barcelona, while he only spent three seasons at Bayern Munich. However, he has already chalked up six years in charge of the Premier League champions and is reportedly closing in on extending his deal.
Guardiola’s current contract is due to expire next summer, though according to The Athletic, he has now agreed a two-year extension to keep him at the club until 2025.
The deal will be an initial one-year extension, with ‘both club and manager holding an option for a further season’.
Guardiola has always expressed his happiness at the Etihad outfit, where he has had strong support from the club’s hierarchy.
“Stay in another place for seven years? No, I don’t think so. It is difficult to find what I have here as a manager,” he said earlier this year.
“To be a manager for a long time you need to be so supported. The results help a lot, that is undeniable. In this world they sack you, they fire you, we know that.
“But, at big clubs, part of the success of the manager is the chairman, the sporting director especially, the CEOs and all the people here.
“It goes to the media, fans and players. There is stability. This is why I think only in few clubs this can happen.”
City are currently second in the Premier League, five points behind league leaders Arsenal, while Guardiola’s side have also booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.