Pep Guardiola has revealed his plans for the future, after vowing to “close the chapter” with Manchester City following FIFA Club World Cup success.
The 52-year-old won the 16th trophy of his managerial reign at Manchester City in Jeddah on Friday evening, as the Sky Blues won the FIFA Club World Cup to claim their fifth trophy of 2023.
An emphatic 4-0 victory lead Manchester City to Club World Cup glory over Fluminense, with Guardiola’s side having now won every major trophy during the Catalan’s eight-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City, who had already won the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup prior to success in Saudi Arabia, will also compete at an expanded 32-team Club World Cup in 2025.
The end of the 2024/25 campaign is currently set to be Guardiola’s last at the Etihad Stadium, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager contracted with Manchester City until May 2025.
Guardiola signed a new two-year deal in November 2023, his third contract extension since moving to Manchester City in 2016.
The Catalonian is now bidding to become the first manager to win four successive Premier League titles, although City have stalled in their pursuit of a record-breaking latest title, winning just one of their last six matches.
Reflecting on eight-years of success at the club, Guardiola has vowed to continue to win silverware, after Manchester City became World Champions.
“I would like to say we had the feeling we would close the chapter, we won all the titles, there’s nothing else to win, I had a feeling the job was done, it was over.
“Enzo [Maresca] helped us to win the treble, Mikel, all my staff, all the players from day one, Vincent [Kompany] to Kyle [Walker] as captains, all players mentioned, Joao [Cancelo], Cole Palmer, Riyad [Mahrez], Ilkay [Gundogan], helped us to achieve something incredible to be here and to play this tournament. It’s most difficult to arrive here, once we are here it’s perform well.
“Now it’s Christmas time, buy another book and start to write it again. The last eight years it’s over.
“When I close the chapter it’s for eight years of incredible work behind the scenes, I had a feeling all the titles you can win we have done it.
“We got a lot of titles in Premier League, Carabao Cup, repeat a lot of trophies, it’s unbelievable what we have done. Today we celebrate on the plane, tomorrow rest.
“Goodison Park is not the best place to come back, try to buy a new book and start to write beautiful histories.
“The players out there are still hungry and motivated, I’m really pleased for many people in the club for many years.
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful day, I could never think when we arrived in Manchester we could do this and finish with the World Cup.”
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