Pep Guardiola signs new Manchester City contract in middle of Barcelona rumors
You can rest easy, Manchester City fans! That's because it doesn't look like manager Pep Guardiola is going anywhere.
While rumors have continued to run wild that the Spanish coach could be leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, that won't be happening. On Thursday morning, news from England broke stating that Guardiola has agreed to a new contract with the club.
Manchester City revealed the news moments ago, with Guardiola and the English Premier League powerhouses signing a two-year deal.
“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have," Guardiola said after signing his contract. "I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the Owner, Chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.
“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that.”
It goes without saying, but this is incredible news for City and all of its supporters out there. In recent months, reports had stated Guardiola was considering returning home to his native Spain to take over things at Barcelona, a club he managed from 2008-2012. Could you imagine him and Lionel Messi working together again?
Unfortunately for everyone in Catalonia dreaming of that kind of a reunion, Guardiola has made it clear time and time again that he loves Manchester City and has dreams of winning the Champions League with the team. Him signing this new two-year contract shows just how committed he is to making that dream come true.
Guardiola arrived to Manchester City in 2016 and has had incredible success with the club ever since. This of course includes winning the English Premier League title in 2018 and 2019.
As of this writing, Man City is in 10th place of the EPL standings early on this season with 12 points. However, there's still plenty of soccer to be played this campaign, and if anyone can help turn things around for the best team from Manchester, it's Guardiola. Congrats to him on his much-deserved new contract!