After notching up a record 100 points last season, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been rewarded with a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.
The contract extension means the 47-year-old Spaniard deal with City is the longest commitment the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has made to a club since starting his managerial career in 2008.
“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to work here,” he said.
“I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.”
Guardiola’s side won the League Cup in 2018, beating Arsenal 3-0 in the final, before claiming the league title by 19 points from rivals Manchester United.
City scored 106 goals and claimed 32 wins, both Premier League records, as they dropped only 14 points in the league all season.
They were beaten by Wigan Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup and were knocked out by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players,” Guardiola told BBC.
“We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”
Peps journey so far
- 2008 – Appointed Barcelona manager
- 2012 – Leaves Barcelona at end of 12-month rolling contract to go on season-long sabbatical.
- 2013 – Signs three-year contract with Bayern Munich until 2016.
- 2016 – Agrees three-year deal to join Manchester City.
- 2018 – Signs extension, which takes him to 2021.