Guardiola: ‘I’ll try to make play­ers bet­ter ev­ery day’

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL -

PEP Guardiola set out his aim af­ter sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion keep­ing him at City until 2021.

Hav­ing been in the Eti­had hot­seat for two sea­sons, the Cata­lan has signed up for three more af­ter over­see­ing a trans­for­ma­tion of the squad he in­her­ited from Manuel Pel­le­grini.

Guardiola has al­ready said his team will strug­gle next sea­son to hit the heights of their record­break­ing campaign in the Premier League, but is thrilled to be mov­ing for­ward with the team.

No team has suc­cess­fully de­fended the league ti­tle since 2009 while the am­bi­tion of the club’s hi­er­ar­chy to win the Cham­pi­ons League re­mains.

Re­gard­less of what hap­pens in the pur­suit of tro­phies, as long as the coach is in charge he will not stop try­ing to im­prove the play­ers he has at his dis­posal.

“I am so happy and ex­cited. It’s a plea­sure to be able to work here,” Guardiola said.

“I en­joy work­ing with our play­ers ev­ery day and we will try to do our best to­gether in the com­ing years. As a man­ager, you have to feel good to be with the play­ers – and I feel good.

“I will fo­cus on the de­sire of my play­ers to be­come a bet­ter team and ev­ery day that’s what I will try to do – to im­prove on the pitch and im­prove our play­ers. We have a young squad with an av­er­age age of 23 and we want to keep tak­ing steps for­ward and main­tain the lev­els we’ve achieved this sea­son.”

City chair­man, Khal­doon Al Mubarak, said: “We are de­lighted to an­nounce the ex­ten­sion of Pep’s con­tract through to 2021. In his two sea­sons with us, he has fos­tered an in­cred­i­ble spirit within the squad and sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to our progress both on and off the field. In do­ing so he has em­bod­ied the pas­sion and com­mit­ment we all have for the club.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Fer­ran So­ri­ano, added: “Pep’s con­tract ex­ten­sion is fan­tas­tic news for Manch­ester City. We have all been priv­i­leged to wit­ness how we have played beau­ti­ful foot­ball, won ti­tles, bro­ken records and reached the in­cred­i­ble mark of 100 Premier League points.

“Pep has shown this style can suc­ceed in the Premier League in a way it has never been done be­fore.”

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