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Manchester City identify major new factor which could sway Pep Guardiola contract extension decision



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Manchester City executives have identified a fresh factor that could impact Pep Guardiola’s decision on his Etihad Stadium future.

The 53-year-old is out of contract in east Manchester at the end of next season, with the growing potential for the 2024/25 campaign to be Pep Guardiola’s last at Manchester City, amid talk that the Catalan is preparing to depart the club in 2025.

Guardiola, who moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2016 from Bayern Munich, has signed three previous contract extensions with the Sky Blues, with the last being a two-year deal in November 2022.

The Manchester City boss saw his side clinch a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title last month, alongside lifting both the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup during the recent campaign.

The Premier League title triumph was Guardiola’s 17th major trophy with Manchester City, with the Cityzens having also won the UEFA Champions League, Emirates FA Cup, Carabao Cup and FA Community Shield under the Catalan.

Guardiola has taken charge of 472 matches since his arrival, winning 343 games over eight seasons, with his squad scoring 1,164 goals.

The 53-year-old has overseen a series of major squad changes during his time at the Etihad Stadium, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan all leaving the club.

The opportunity to oversee another swathe of squad changes this summer could reportedly impact Guardiola’s future, with The Mirror claiming that the prospect of another rebuild could ‘be enough’ for the Catalan to sign a fresh contract extension.

Manchester City are set to make a number of new additions this summer, with a £100 million move for Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes one of the hottest current transfer links.

The Sky Blues have also been linked with Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo in recent weeks, with RB Leipzig forward Dani Olmo mooted as another attacking target.

Guardiola isn’t the only member of the Manchester City squad who could sign a contract extension, with Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Ederson all set for talks in the coming months.

De Bruyne, who is additionally out of contract in 2025, has been subject to interest from both Saudi Arabia and the MLS in recent weeks.