Pep Guardiola, who has won 19 trophies in his eight years of management, has been widely linked with Manchester City ever since he announced his decision to leave Bayern Munich when the current campaign comes to a close in the summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United were touted as possible destinations for the Spaniard, but the former Barcelona boss has opted to move to the Etihad Stadium to fulfil his desire of coaching in England’s top flight.
City confirmed the news shortly after current manager Manuel Pellegrini announced that he will end his three-year spell, which has included one Premier League title and a League Cup, in the summer.
A statement from the North-West outfit read: “City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commented and finalized contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016-17 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.”
By Taiwo Oyedeji
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