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Guardiola extends Manchester City deal to 2025

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Brentford – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – November 12, 2022 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts REUTERS/Craig Brough/File Photo

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Premier League champions until 2025, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old has guided City to four league titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup since taking over in 2016 and his deal was set to expire in the summer.

“I am delighted that Pep’s journey with Manchester City Football Club will continue,” City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement.

“He has already contributed so much to the success and fabric of this organisation, and it’s exciting to think what might be possible given the energy, hunger and ambition that he clearly still has.”

Guardiola’s current spell at City is his longest in charge of a single club since he began his managerial career in 2008.

“I am so pleased to be staying at Manchester City for another two years…,” Guardiola said.

“I know the next chapter of this club will be amazing for the next decade. It happened over the last ten years, and it will happen in the next ten years because this club is so stable.

“From day one I felt something special being here. I cannot be in a better place.”

The Spaniard managed boyhood club Barcelona from 2008-12 and spent three years in charge of German giants Bayern Munich before joining City.

City are second in the league with 32 points from 14 matches, five points behind leaders Arsenal with the season paused for the World Cup in Qatar.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Aadi Nair; Editing by Alex Richardson and Christian Radnedge)