City to offer Guardiola long-term deal: reports

Source:AFP Published: 2017/12/18 22:08:29

Manchester City are planning talks with manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season as the Premier League leaders seek to tie him to a long-term deal, reports said Monday.

City are 11 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United. They are also through to the Champions League knockout phase after comfortably winning their group.

Guardiola, 46, is halfway through his three-year deal at City but the club hierarchy are reportedly confident the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss can be persuaded to stay longer. He said last month that he was happy at City and his contract, which expires in 2019, was "not a big issue."

City failed to mount a serious title challenge in Guardiola's much-hyped first season in England, finishing a disappointing third. They also exited the Champions League in the first knockout round.

But the club invested heavily in new players during the summer and look certain to romp away with the Premier League title even though the season still has five months to run.

Guardiola quit Barcelona in 2012 despite four trophy-laden seasons to recharge his batteries. Following a sabbatical with his family in New York, he returned to management in Germany, leading Bayern to three consecutive Bundesliga titles before moving to City in 2016.



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