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Man City To Step Up Bid For Messi As Guardiola Signs New Contract

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has signed a new contract which extends his stay at Etihad Stadium until summer of 2023.

Guardiola told City’s website:”We have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.

“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have.”

The former Barcelona manager’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of this season.

Guardiola’s current five-year stay is already the longest commitment he has made to a team since becoming a manager in 2008.

Meanwhile, City have stepped up their bid to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi as part of the quest to clench the Champions League.

Messi, who contract at Nou Camp will expire next summer, has shown all indications that he wanted to leave and City are the front-runners of his signature due to his connecting with Guardiola.

The Premier League club are reportedly ready to sign him as early as January but the summer transfer window is more likely for the Argentine star who will leave Barça on free transfer.

Guardiola’s new contract is part of City’s efforts to win the elusive Champions League title – a feat the Spaniard achieved twice as Barça boss but failed subsequently in Bayern Munich and so far in City.

However, City have won 181 of the 245 matches under Guardiola, a win rate of 73.87%.

And if he finishes his contract, he will overtake Joe Mercer and go second on the club’s list of longest-serving post-war managers, behind Scot Les McDowall who took charge of 592 games between 1950 and 1963.

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