Manchester City have confirmed that Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.
Speculation surrounding the Chilean’s future has been rife for some time, with a move for Bayern Munich’s Guardiola having been mooted for quite a while.
And following Pellegrini’s announcement earlier today that he will leave the club at the end of 2015/16, City have made the news official:
A statement on their official website reads: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.
“The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
“Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club.”
With Guardiola having confirmed that he will walk away from Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season some time ago, the announcement merely backs up the intense speculation
The Spanish tactician looks on course to win his third Bundesliga title in as many years at the Allianz Arena.
Pellegrini meanwhile has one title at City to his name, and could make it two by the end of this term.