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Pep Guardiola and Manchester City hierarchy hold crunch Abu Dhabi talks with Sheikh Mansour



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola held major talks with owner Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi following the conclusion of the treble-winning campaign.

Pep Guardiola became the first Manchester City manager to win the UEFA Champions League, as the Sky Blues emulated the success of Manchester United in 1999, completing the treble; winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Manchester City beat Inter Milan in Istanbul to lift the prestigious European trophy, as Rodri’s 68th minute strike and an inspired performance from Ederson secured a maiden Champions League triumph.

An historic Ilkay Gundogan brace helped Manchester City win the Emirates FA Cup, beating rivals Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

The Blues also retained the Premier League title, as Arsenal faltered, with Manchester City lifting the trophy for the third consecutive season.

Manchester City’s treble-winning campaign marked the end of Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte’s careers at the Etihad Stadium, as the trio departed the club in the summer transfer window.

Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol, Jeremy Doku and Matheus Nunes all completed moves to Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola bids to win a fourth successive Premier League title and retain the Champions League.

Manchester City have made a promising start to the new campaign, winning their opening five matches and topping the Premier League table.

Etihad chiefs are keen to ensure that Manchester City remain rampant domestically and in Europe, with this topic central to crunch talks that were held in Abu Dhabi during the summer, according to Jack Gaughan.

The Daily Mail report that Pep Guardiola, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano all met with owner Sheikh Mansour to discuss how Manchester City could replicate their domestic success within Europe.

The treble-winners have already won the UEFA Super Cup, and will compete in the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia later this year, where Manchester City will bid to become World Champions.

Manchester City became the 22nd club to win the Champions League last season, but Real Madrid have lifted the trophy on 14 occasions and Premier League rivals Liverpool, seven times.

The Etihad hierarchy may also be eying Manchester United’s tally of three Champions League’s in the medium-term, as Pep Guardiola seeks sustained success in east Manchester.