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Guardiola Signs New Contract

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Guardiola Signs New Contract

Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year contract at Manchester City, which will keep him at the club until the end of 2022 2023 season.

His existing deal with the Premier League side was due to end next summer, and there was speculation that he would leave for a new challenge, but he has now put an end to that.

Last month, there were rumours that he was being tempted by a return to Barcelona, the club where he enjoyed immense success as a player and a manager, and with whom he still has a close affinity. However, the 49-year-old dismissed such suggestions, saying that his time there had been and done.

In decided to extend his stray in Manchester, Guardiola has bucked his tendency not to remain at one club for any length of time. He lasted just over three years in the hot seat at Barcelona, before deciding to take a years sabbatical from football. He then spent three years with Bayern Munich before joining City in 2016.

During his career with the club he has already won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, and the League Cup on three occasions.

The fact that Guardiola has agreed to stay with the club is also a boost to their hopes of signing Lionel Messi, a player he coached with immense success when they were both at Barcelona together.

Messi wanted to leave the Spanish club in the summer and was reported to be in discussions with the City Football Group (CFG) which owns Manchester City.

However, he was forced to stay after the then Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu reneged on a deal which would allow the Argentine to leave for free, insisting instead that any club wanting to buy him would have to meet his 700 (625) million release clause.

Bartomeu has now gone but Messi, whose own contract expires with the Catalans next summer, remains far from happy. With the club facing severe financial difficulties, he has already been warned that he would have to accept a substantial pay cut if he wants to stray with the club he joined as a 13-year old.

Earlier this week, Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, admitted that they were braced for Messi leaving the league at the end of the current campaign, and were reconciled to the idea.

City are one of only two clubs in the world that could afford his wages; the other is PSG in France.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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