Well, the news is official, Pep Guardiola has signed a fresh two-year extension until 2025. Massive news barely a week into the World Cup break. A huge relief for Manchester City fans and great news for what’s to come this season and the next two.
Now Pep Guardiola’s signing to continue as manager is confirmed, the rest of the season is clean without speculation about his future, and no will he or won’t he stay talk or the distraction that talk threatened to become.
I feel it’s a massive boost for Manchester City in the Premier League title race, and our seemingly endless quest to finally claim a maiden Champions League title and the cup campaigns to come.
As I wrote last week, I think Pep’s extension sets us up in the transfer market for the upcoming summer window and beyond (I don’t expect any incomings in January, though that may change if any major injuries occur at the World Cup).
A certain Jude Bellingham has been rumoured to be City bound of late according to some reports, and in my opinion, Pep would be a big factor in luring Jude over from Dortmund.
Something to keep an eye on as the season progresses and the transfer window comes into view. The thought of Pep Guardiola managing Bellingham is mouth watering, especially adding him to Haaland, Foden, Lewis and the rest of our young talent coming through.
It also gives Manchester City stability at the top of the club, while there is uncertainty at Manchester United and Liverpool with two of our major rivals currently on the market to be sold, and the uncertainty that surrounds that.
So, while two huge rivals are stuck in that limbo, Manchester City continue on the path under Pep’s leadership, and the stability continues. It’s a massive coup for Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, Txiki Bergistan & Ferran Soriano to have Pep Guardiola’s contract extended so promptly and all credit must go to the hierarchy at the club.
It also gives Manchester City fans another 2 and a bit seasons of the football Pep’s teams produce and the excitement that comes with it. At times it feels like a privilege to watch Manchester City play under Pep with the football that’s produced, at times you have to pinch yourself that it’s actually Manchester City playing Pep’s brand of football.
A great day for Manchester City fans, and hopefully many more to come in the near future.