With Manchester City seemingly on a mission to sign their best and most promising players to new long-term contracts, Pep Guardiola’s future is the topic on every supporter’s mind.
The City manager’s current contract expires in June 2023, by which time he will have been at Manchester for seven years. Despite his claims to the contrary, the Spaniard is arguably more important to City’s success than any other player at the club.
Guardiola has never spent this long in a managerial role, but there is hope at City that he will decide to extend his stay for at least a few more years. Here are four reasons why he will do just that.
Where could it be better?
In short, where else in the world could Guardiola find the players and resources he needs to implement his footballing ideals and build a successful team in his own image?
At Barcelona he had a great relationship with the club, but he was overwhelmed by the pressure of managing his childhood team, while at Bayern Munich there was some tension between him and the higher-ups. At City he doesn’t have those problems to worry about.
Guardiola is a coach who is not only moved by winning, but also by experience and learning. If he fancied a new challenge away from City, where would he go? He has made La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
Pep may have the perfect set-up at City, but he still can’t claim to have won everything he could at the Etihad Stadium. Getting their hands on the Champions League trophy again remains a key objective.
Not since 2011 has Guardiola led a team to glory in Europe, coming up short with both Bayern and City. Losing the Blues in last season’s final was the closest he has come since the 2011 triumph with Barca, but that won’t have taken away what is becoming an ever-increasing itch.
City are arguably the best team in Europe at the moment, and no other club is in a better position to compete for the trophy every season.
a new generation
Even if City were to win the Champions League this season, there would still be another big challenge for Guardiola to sink his teeth into.
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When he left both Barça and Bayern, he left squads full of quality players with no need for regeneration. However, there are a number of players at City who are in or near 30, with up-and-coming talents like Cole Palmer, Liam Delap and James McAtee waiting to be handed over the reins.
Pep will love the idea of refreshing his already brilliant City side for years to come.
To build a dynasty
Guardiola will always be synonymous with Barcelona, with his 2010/11 squad widely regarded as the greatest club team in the history of the game.
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But if Pep extends his stay at City, he could do something he’s never done before: start a dynasty.
His team has won the Premier League three times in the last four seasons. Add to that a first Champions League and a few more titles, and even City’s most ardent critics will have to start by considering Pep’s Blues one of the greatest clubs of all time.
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