Pep commits future to City
The Spaniard has signed a two-year deal to be as manager for the former Premier League champions.
Pep Guardiola has finally signed a contract extension at Manchester City.
The Spaniard whose contract was due next year has accepted a two-year deal which runs out in 2023.
The manager was earlier linked to Barcelona following the departure of Quique Setien. He continued to be linked to the Blaugranas job with the main purpose of convincing Messi to stay at the club regardless of Ronald Koeman's appointment.
Messi's determination to leave the Catalan club was fueled with speculation that the Argentine want to reunite with former manager at Man City.
Since joining Man City in 2016, Pep has guided the team to eight major trophies - two Premier League titles, three Carabao Cups and an FA Cup.
Pep seven years in total at the Etihad is the longest he has served as a manager in a football club following his four years as the Barcelona head coach and three years in Germany with Bayern Munich.
“Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the Club and in the city itself- from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the Chairman and Owner,” he said.
“Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.
“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the Owner, Chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.
“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that.”