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Manchester City confident Pep Guardiola will stay long term - report

Manchester City confident Pep Guardiola will stay long term - report
From ESPN - December 17, 2017

Manchester City are confident manager Pep Guardiola will stay at the club beyond his initial three-year contract, sources tell Press Association Sport.

City are planning talks with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss next summer and have high hopes of concluding a deal.

Guardiola, 46, has overseen an outstanding start to the current season, his second at the club. City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after winning their last 16 games and are through to the Champions League last 16.

Guardiola said last month that he was happy at City and his contract, which expires in 2019, was "not a big issue.''

Sources say City are equally relaxed about the situation and are confident of securing Guardiola's services for a longer term before his current deal enters its final year.

The club are highly impressed by Guardiola's performance this season which, they believe, has been moulded by his experiences last term.

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

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