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Pep Guardiola reportedly agrees new Manchester City deal

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could be set for an extended stay in English football, according to the latest reports…

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As per The Sun, the serial-winning coach has ‘agreed in principle’ a deal with the club to stay at the Etihad beyond his current contract, with his existing deal having been set to expire next summer.

There had been speculation that the 51-year-old – who replaced Manuel Pellegrini in the dugout in 2016 – could walk away when that contract comes to an end, although this latest revelation would seemingly quash such rumours, with the former Barcelona boss set to agree to a two-year extension, with the option of an extra 12 months.

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The report also suggests that the £370k-per-week man committing his future to the club could also be key in ensuring the arrival of Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland this summer, with the Norwegian having been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League powerhouse.

Rivals will be terrified

The timing of this news is intriguing in the sense that it was only a matter of days ago that title contenders Liverpool confirmed long-serving manager Jurgen Klopp had agreed to a two-year extension himself, with Guardiola seemingly keen to keep the relentless tussle between the two managerial heavyweights running beyond next season.

The two elite sides are currently going toe-to-toe at the summit of the table and could also meet in what would be an enthralling Champions League final showdown, with both sides having run out winners in their respective semi-final, first-leg ties.

To have two sides of such quality – led by two such impressive figures – battling it out both in Europe and domestically is a fantastic advert for the Premier League, with it looking likely that this intense rivalry will continue over the coming years.

As for their rivals, however, these contract extensions will have come as something of a body blow, particularly for struggling outfit Manchester United, with club legend Gary Neville previously admitting that the Red Devils may have to wait for both Klopp and Guardiola to depart before they can even contemplate ending their title drought.

In recent times, however, even the Merseysiders have struggled to keep pace with a rampant City side, with the current league leaders having claimed three of the last four league titles, notably becoming the first side to break the 1o0-point barrier during the 2017/18 campaign.

Dubbed a “genius” by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, Guardiola has been instrumental in maintaining his side’s consistent pursuit of silverware, while he has also proven pivotal in re-shaping the English game with his tactical acumen and managerial approach, having had a “massive influence” on clubs up and down the country, according to Brighton manager Graham Potter.

Despite reports that he could well be in line for the Brazil national team job following the Qatar World Cup this winter, it looks as if the City boss is here to stay – something that will be a point of concern for the chasing pack.

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