Pep inks City extension

Pep Guardiola has signed a new three-year contract extension that ties him to Manchester City until 2021.

The Spaniard had only one year left to run on his previous deal which he signed upon arrival from Bayern Munich in June 2016.

The newly crowned Premier League champions have not wasted any time securing the long-term future of the former Barcelona boss.

The new deal could take Guardiola's total reign at City to five years – one more than his stint at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola ended his second season in English football having won the Carabao Cup and the Premier League title, with a record points haul. His first year at City had ended without silverware.

The contract extension means his deal with City is the longest commitment Guardiola has made to a club since starting his managerial career in 2008, and he says he is very excited to be hanging around at the Etihad Stadium.

"I am so happy and excited. It's a pleasure to work here," he said.

"I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good."

Man City are 4/6 to retain their title in next season's Premier League, with neighbours Man United 6/1 and Liverpool now 5/1.

Guardiola is eager to keep improving City's fortunes.

"I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that's what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players," added Guardiola.

"We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we've achieved this season."

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