Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

Pep Guardiola extends City stay as Lionel Messi transfer rumours intensify

Pep Guardiola has extended his contract at Manchester City until the summer of 2023. The club has confirmed that the Spaniard has signed a new two-year contract, which means he will be entering his sixth season at the club next season. This is a record for Guardiola, who has never worked at a club longer than four years.

“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,” Guardiola said upon the deal’s announcement. Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.”

With the extension of Guardiola’s contract, the rumour mill around a transfer of Lionel Messi has also intensified. The Argentinian is expected to leave FC Barcelona in either January or next summer after his contract has expired and City has always been put forward as a leading candidate. By extending the contract of Guardiola a transfer of Messi to the Premier League has also come a step closer.

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