‘Pep will take City to a new level’

Khal­doon Al Mubarak feels Guardi­ola will make an in­stant im­pact

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M an­ch­ester City chair­man Khal­doon Al Mubarak be­lieves the ap­point­ment of proven-win­ner Pep Guardi­ola will help “trans­form” the club in the com­ing years.

The 45-year-old signed a three-year con­tract with City and will be hop­ing to add to his in­cred­i­ble haul of tro­phies won at Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich.

In his first man­age­rial ap­point­ment he won three La Liga ti­tles, two Cham­pi­ons Leagues and two Copa del Rey tro­phies among oth­ers at Barca be­fore guid­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich to three Bun­desliga crowns and two Ger­man Cups.

Guardi­ola has al­ready vis­ited Manch­ester on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions and has met with direc­tor of foot­ball Txiki Be­giris­tain, while he has also flown to Abu Dhabi to meet with his new chair­man. And Al Mubarak is con­fi­dent City have ap­pointed a man­ager who will guar­an­tee suc­cess when he starts work with the club on July 1. “I’m ab­so­lutely ex­cited about Pep join­ing our team,” he told City TV. “I con­sider Pep to be one of the best, if not the best, man­agers in foot­ball. “We are get­ting a man­ager that epit­o­mises, in my view, pas­sion and com­mit­ment. “He’s a win­ner, he’s a proven win­ner, he has won pro­fes­sion­ally in ev­ery team he has coached, his record at Bay­ern Mu­nich, his record at Barcelona, I think speaks for it­self. “The tro­phies he’s won, ev­ery sin­gle club com­pe­ti­tion out there, from the Cham­pi­ons League to La Liga to the Bun­desliga, to the re­spec­tive cups.

“We are get­ting a proven win­ner, we are get­ting a pas­sion­ate man, we are get­ting some­one who I think will be an in­cred­i­ble as­set to Manch­ester City.

“And I have no doubt that he will trans­form our team to a whole new level.”

Guardi­ola, whose first game in charge of City will be against for­mer club Bay­ern Mu­nich in a friendly at the Al­lianz Arena on July 20, will re­place Manuel Pel­le­grini af­ter the Chilean paid the price for an un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

De­spite win­ning the Premier League ti­tle in his first sea­son in charge, and col­lect­ing the League Cup, Al Mubarak re­vealed that a tro­phy­less sea­son was sim­ply un­ac­cept­able.

He added: “I think all of us came with high ex­pec­ta­tions for this sea­son, and at the end of the day, I can­not hide the dis­ap­point­ment of my­self, ob­vi­ously [club owner] Sheikh Man­sour and the fans.”

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