It was a story that many thought would materialise at some point throughout this season, but no one saw it coming on Transfer Deadling Day.
Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini will part ways this summer, paving way for Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to take over at the Etihad from the start of next season.
The news came at the end of Pellegrini’s press conference ahead of Tuesday night's win over Sunderland, with the Chilean announcing that he now plans to leave the club at the end of his original contract.
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In an attempt to dispel any impending negativity on his side's title hunt, the City boss cleverly revealed that he had learned his fate a month ago.
And soon after Pellegrini’s bombshell, a press release from the Citizens confirmed that an agreement was in place for Guardiola to take charge from the 2016/17 season on a three-year deal.
The confirmation of this long-standing rumour makes the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League all-the-more interesting, with both City and Bayern still in contention to win the competition.
The two sides avoided each other in the last 16 after winning their respective groups, but if the Bavarians overcome Juventus and City get past Dynamo Kiev as expected, the two clubs could face each other for a mouth-watering tie in the quarter-finals.
Such a tie will put Guardiola in the uneviable position of being tasked with ending his new side’s hopes of European success - the very same thing they are bringing the Spaniard in to achieve.
All of this means that the draw for the quarter-finals on March 18 could be very interesting indeed.
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