MANCHESTER CITY NEWS: PEP GUARDIOLA

Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year extension with Manchester City. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

"I am so happy and excited. It's a pleasure to work here," said Pep Guardiola. 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."

MANCHESTER CITY SIGN "MANAGER OF THE YEAR" PEP GUARDIOLA FOR THREE MORE YEARS

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named the League Managers Association manager of the year. Guardiola led City to the Premier League title with a record 100 points, scoring 106 goals and dropping just 14 points all season. His side also claimed the League Cup, beating Arsenal 3-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium in London. Ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola beat off competition from five other managers to win the prize including Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, Burnley's Sean Dyche, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santos, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and Accrington Stanley's John Coleman who were also on the shortlist. Everton manager Sam Allardyce was inducted into the LMA's Hall of Fame. Guardiola was named Premier League manager of the year, Nuno was named Championship manager of the year. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a new contract and has committed his future to the club for another three years. Guardiola talked about his future plans for City after signing a contract extension keeping him at Manchester City until 2021. Guardiola has led Man City at Etihad for two seasons, and the Catalan has signed up for three more years after winning the Premier League this season after overseeing a transformation of the squad he inherited from former City Manuel Pellegrini who also won the EPL. Guardiola stated that his winning side will struggle next season to hit the heights of their record-breaking campaign in the Premier League this season, and Pep is thrilled to be moving forward and improving his side.

Guardiola took over from Manuel Pellegrini as Man City manager ahead of the 2016/17 season. having already made his name as one of the best managers in the the world of soccer after leading Barcelona to the treble in his first season in charge of the senior team and becoming the youngest manager to ever win the Champions League. After winning three La Liga titles and two European Cups with Barcelona, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he led the German titan club to three consecutive Bundesliga titles. One of football's most feared managers who is known for his dangerous but attractive footballing style, he signed a three-year contract with City in 2016. Spaniard Guardiola's new deal will keep him at the club until 2021. Fourty-seven year old Guardiola led City to the Premier League title with a record 100 points last season.

The contract extension means his 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.

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," added Guardiola. "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."

“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola 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. 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. 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.”

Pep Guardiola, Manager

2008 - Appointed Barcelona manager

2012 - Leaves Barcelona at end of a 12-month rolling contract to go on season-long sabbatical.

2013 - Signs three-year contract with Bayern Munich until 2016.

2016 - Agrees TO three-year deal to join Manchester City.

2018 - Signs new extension to 2021.

City are aiming to build a dynasty to rival their cross-town arch-rivals and noisy neighbors Manchester United, who won 13 of the first 21 Premier Leagues titles under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In his debut season at the Etihad, the team finished third in the Premier League, were knocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals, and exited both the Champions League and EFL Cup at the last-16 stage

"In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field," said Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak. "I am very much looking forward to the continued impact of his work and to fulfilling our shared ambitions in the coming seasons."

Guardiola enjoyed a glittering playing career with Barcelona that saw him win six La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey twice. He also won the European Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. As Barca boss Guardiola won 14 trophies in four seasons - La Liga (3), Copa del Rey (2), Spanish Super Cup (3), Champions League (2), Super Cup (2), Club World Cup (2). Won a further seven trophies in three seasons at Bayern before leaving for Man City in 2016. After a trophy-less first season in England, he won the EFL Cup and the Premier League in 2017-18.

Mr. and Mrs. Pep Guardiola