Monday 1 February 2016

Pep Guardiola to Replace Pellegrini As Manchester City's Next Manager

The 45-year-old had already revealed his decision to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the season and will now succeed the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

Goal revealed at the start of January that City had already won the race for the 45-year-old after he revealed his decision to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Pellegrini had remained tight-lipped over his own future following Guardiola's announcement, but now City have confirmed that the Chilean, who signed a contract extension until 2017 last August, will be not be staying on beyond the end of the season.

A statement from City read: “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 16/17 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 Pellegrini, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead of retaining the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club.” 

Pellegrini has revealed that he was informed of the club's decision a month ago and claims he will leave on the terms of the original contract he signed when he joined City in 2013.
"Before I finish, I want to tell you I have talked with the club and I will finish my contract on the original date,” said the Chilean.

"I signed for one year more, but with the clause that the club or me can choose not to use that stuff now, so I finish here on the original date, June 30, so there is not the speculation. 

"The club are not doing anything behind me, I knew this one month ago, but I don't think it's good to have rumour or speculation about these things, so I prefer to finish today, which I why I have told the players and I have told the Press. I also spoke to the club two weeks ago and said that I would do it."

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