Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was never thinking about leaving the English giants despite offers from big clubs outside of England, says BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague. City announced on Thursday that Guardiola had signed a new two-year contract until the summer of 2023 and his now been revealed that the Spaniard received several offers before deciding to sign a new contract.
“There were offers from Juventus, Paris St-Germain and others, but he’s happy,” said Spanish football writer Balague. “He’s enjoying himself, he’s surrounded by people he trusts, he controls the sporting decisions and is happy that nothing that happens in the changing room comes out, which used to happen at Bayern and Barcelona.”
“We all knew that Manchester City had put a deal on the table – the length of it we did not know – and City were not going to put any kind of pressure on him,” added Balague. “In the last couple of months, there have been stories about unrest in the camp, players’ agents knocking on doors to see what’s going on, just because they didn’t know if Guardiola was going to stay on.”
“But the decision-makers at Manchester City have been very confident. The transition that started this summer – into a Manchester City version two, with Guardiola – will continue next summer as well. Most of the transition is done, but there is more to do. He feels there is room for improvement and it needed him in charge of it.”