REVEALED: Pep Guardiola wanted to see if his Man City stars were still motivated before signing a new contract, with the Spaniard saying his family were ‘more involved than ever’ in his decision to commit until 2025
Manchester City began their attempts to tie Pep Guardiola to a new contract shortly after lifting the Premier League crown last season.
President Khaldoon Al Mubarak asked Guardiola his intentions during a visit to Abu Dhabi following the dramatic crescendo of the manager’s fourth league title on the final day.
The Catalan – who signed a two-year extension until 2025 – delayed his decision, wanting to know if City players still respond to his methods.
Pep Guardiola wanted to see if his players still respond to his methods at Man City
The Spaniard put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, taking his reign until 2025
Guardiola also spoke extensively with his wife Cristina and children before committing to a deal that could see him up to nine years in charge of the Etihad Stadium.
“There is a family part,” he said. ‘This one I involved my family more than ever because it’s already been seven years. It’s important to have the feeling that they support me in these decisions.
“In terms of sporting manners, it was a second decision. I can’t be in a better place because in those seven years we were in really bad times and the organization, starting with Khaldoon, Ferran Soriano, of course Txiki [Begiristain] and Omar [Berrada]the people close to me – how they support me in these bad times is what really matters.
“You can win once per period at a club. When you earn a lot, it is impossible to do so without the support of your hierarchy. From day one, I felt something special here.
City backed Guardiola in the transfer market over the summer, bringing in Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United in key areas. They also reversed a decision to go out of business by signing Manuel Akanji from Dortmund after midfield injuries.
Guardiola revealed he discussed the new deal extensively with his family
The 51-year-old aims for more trophies with City and wants to win the Champions League
Guardiola is still in the hunt for an elusive Champions League title at City which would complete a complete sweep of available trophies.
“I have everything I need to do my job at my best,” Guardiola added. ‘I have the support. We talk a lot about what we can do better – we have to do better.
“I love my job and I have everything to do it. I can’t be in a better place now. When I don’t feel that – for family reasons, or I achieved everything I wanted to achieve, or I don’t feel comfortable with the team, or it’s not a pleasure to fight for another Premier League – when these feelings go away, I will step aside.
‘It’s normal in life. I am not eternal. Every day we’re here, we’re getting closer to the end. It’s normal. But I always have this feeling that there is something more to do. That’s my feeling right now. And that’s why we continue together.