Pep Guardiola will coach Manchester City from the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
This is according to German newspaper Kicker, who have had it confirmed to them by “reliable English sources” that Guardiola will stick to his word and coach the Citizens next season despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season - the Bundesliga club recently announced that Carlo Ancelotti will replace the Catalan coach at the Allianz Arena - while Manuel Pellegrini, the current Manchester City manager, will leave the Etihad Stadium a year before his contract expires.
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It was reported back in October, by Mundo Deportivo, that Guardiola had reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City.
However, no deal had been signed and there was subsequently always a possibility of another top European club luring the 44-year-old who is currently the world’s most sought-after coach.
That two of Guardiola’s former colleagues at Barcelona, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, have been working at Manchester City for the past few years gave the Citizens a real advantage in the pursuit of his signature.
Blow for Chelsea and United
This latest news, although expected, will come as a blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich who was reportedly prepared to offer Guardiola whatever he wanted in order to manage at Stamford Bridge.
It could also be a blow for United, who are expected to sack Louis van Gaal if the Dutch coach suffers another defeat against Stoke City on Boxing Day.
For Manchester City, though, news that Guardiola is on his way to the Etihad Stadium is sure to delight the club’s supporters.
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