Pep Guardiola has sensationally revealed why he’s committing his long-term future to Manchester City.
The City boss said: “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.
“Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.
“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have.
“I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.
“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that.”
Guardiola, 49, was brought to Manchester City to try and win the club’s first-ever Champions League and he’s committed to finishing what he started.
He’s guided the Etihad side to back-to-back Premier League titles with 100 and 98 points in those seasons.
But Man City have never won the Champions League in their history and have been knocked out in the quarter-finals the last three seasons.
And Guardiola staying could boost Man City’s chances of bringing Lionel Messi to the Etihad after their failed summer bid.
The Sun exclusively revealed this week that City are ready to go back in for Lionel Messi this January.
City missed out on the Barcelona superstar in the summer when he was forced into staying after a bitter legal row.
But with the Argentine’s relationship with Barca still frosty and the Spanish club desperate for money, City are considering making a move in the upcoming transfer window.
Messi, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and his club bosses are resigned to the fact their legendary striker may quit on a free.
But they need to cut costs drastically, with debts of £437million.
City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak added: “Pep’s contract extension is the natural next step in a journey which has evolved over many years.
“It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire club. It also goes to the stability and creativity at the heart of our football operations.
“Importantly it is a validation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built over more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much.
“I’m sure all City fans share my delight in this new agreement and in anticipating the exciting opportunities that, with continued hard work, are there to be taken.”