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Pep Guardiola contract talks with Manchester City detailed – No decision expected soon



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Manchester City will reportedly hold talks over a contract extension with their legendary manager Pep Guardiola during the summer.

After first arriving at the Etihad Stadium to replace Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2016, Guardiola is now into his eighth season as Manchester City manager, with his current agreement expiring in the summer of 2025.

The 53-year-old has now won every honour available to him as Manchester City manager, having secured the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup throughout the course of 2023.

The City coach does not appear to be fading in desire to continue winning in England however, and while his long-term rival Jurgen Klopp will be exiting Liverpool at the end of the ongoing campaign, Guardiola could see an opportunity to further stamp his authority on the game.

But could Pep Guardiola really put pen to paper on a further Manchester City contract extension? Those questions have been somewhat answered in a new report detailing the intentions from the part of the Premier League champions.

According to the information of HITC’s Graeme Bailey, Manchester City will hold talks with Pep Guardiola over a contract extension in the upcoming summer. However, it is stressed that the club are not rushing the Catalan and do not expect any decision until the end of 2024.

It is further detailed that City’s hierarchy have always made it clear to Pep Guardiola that there is a new deal on the table ready for him, but know that their coach will look at the situation ‘at the right time’ and as such are not willing to push for progress on the matter.

Guardiola has stated on several occasions in the past that both he and Manchester City have plenty of time to come to a conclusion on the future, while a decision on a contract extension is much more difficult than at earlier stages in his Etihad tenure.

Speaking on the subject towards the end of January, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach explained, “We have time… Now I feel really good, like always I have. But in football, situations change a lot.

“When you have one year and a half left on your contract, it’s a lot of time in world football. We have time… Normally the decisions are quick. I trust in my feelings and instinct, and every time they offer, my family is involved, but not much time.”

Guardiola continued, “When I feel that it’s OK, and I feel good, and they want me, OK… We can admit eight years is a lot of time, next season will be nine. I have to see the players, how is the behaviour, our standards, can we keep it, do the players follow you, am I tired or not, many things are involved.

“It’s not the same as extending after two years, than after nine. It’s completely different. But still I’m here sitting, I’m OK.”

For now, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City players and coaching staff will undoubtedly remain focussed on the task at hand, eyeing a second successive Treble with a continuation of their pursuit of a Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League success this season.