Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini this summer.
Pellegrini announced in his pre-match press conference on Monday that he will be leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, and this was followed by a statement from City confirming the appointment of Guardiola, who has agreed a three-year deal with the Citizens.
“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 statement reads. (Scroll down this page to see the full statement).
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The acquisition of Guardiola is an almighty coup for Manchester City, who have lured the revered Catalan coach to the Premier League ahead of local rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 45-year-old has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich but announced his decision to quit the Allianz Arena last month. Carlo Ancelotti will replace the former Barcelona head coach at the Allianz Arena next summer.
Manchester City statement on Guardiola
Manchester City get their man
Pellegrini could finish the season with all four major trophies. Manchester City are through to the Capital One Cup final, the last 16 of the Champions League, the FA Cup firth round and currently sit second in the Premier League table behind Leicester City.
However, the chance to secure Guardiola's services has proved too irresistible for Manchester City.
The ex-Barcelona midfielder is widely regarded as the best coach in world football and it will be fascinating to see what he can achieve with the current group of players at the Etihad Stadium.
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