Manchester City set to tie down Pep Guardiola for five years with bumper deal

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After winning the domestic treble, Manchester City appear ready to hand boss Pep Guardiola a bumper deal to keep him at the club for at least the next five years. According to the Sun, the 48-year-old – who still has two years remaining on his current contract – could see his annual salary rise from £15million to £20million.

Sticking with Manchester City and Ilkay Gundogan looks set to commit his future to the club, the Mail reports. The midfielder is reportedly hoping to re-open negotiations to extend his time at the Etihad Stadium beyond 2020.

Meanwhile, with Vincent Kompany’s departure confirmed, City are turning their attention to Harry Maguire, the Mail says. It is reported the Leicester and England defender is Guardiola’s top pick to replace his former captain, but the Foxes are likely to be reluctant to sell.

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Alexis Sanchez’s tumultuous time at Manchester United could be coming to an end sooner rather than later, The Sun reports. It is thought the 30-year-old will return to pre-season training early to overcome a disappointing campaign plagued by injury and make a head-start for next term, with the Chilean thought to be targeting a move overseas.

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Yannick Carrasco: Arsenal have been given a boost in their bid to sign the Belgian midfielder, who plays for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League, after the 25-year-old hinted he is eyeing a return to Europe, The Sun says.

William Saliba: Manchester United and Arsenal have the 18-year-old St Etienne defender in their sights, Goal reports, as both sides look to strengthen their options.

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Leroy Sane

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects some changes to be made to the squad this summer.

Signings will be made to freshen up the group and he accepts some players may wish to move on.

He said: “Some movements we have to do for the next season, yes, because people want to leave, players want to play.

“They accept not playing for a period but when the period is long it’s normal that they want to play more. I can’t assure that to anyone so I understand completely.”


Winger Leroy Sane was linked with Bayern Munich this week while Ilkay Gundogan now has just one year remaining on his contract. Guardiola remains hopeful both will agree new deals.








He said: “Leroy, we are one and a half years trying to sign his (new) contract. We want him. It’s like Gundogan – it’s the same case.”


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Pep Guardiola admits Man City's domination in England is 'not enough' without Champions League success

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Pep Guardiola knows his Manchester City side’s domination of English football will count for nothing unless they win the Champions League.

City completed an unprecedented domestic treble on Saturday when they won the FA Cup with a 6-0 demolition of Watford at Wembley, adding to the Premier League and Carabao Cup they had already won.

It proved a fitting send-off for captain Vincent Kompany, who on Sunday announced he is leaving the club to become Belgian side Anderlecht’s player-manager.

Guardiola has turned City into one of the best ever English sides and they look set to dominate on home soil for some time, but their lack of success in Europe remains a black mark against them.

They were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Tottenham – a team they finished 27 points ahead of in the league – and have never gone past the semi-finals.

Guardiola says this current crop has to start achieving success in Europe.

“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” he accepted.

“I know unless we do that it will not be enough.

“This comes with me. I know that. I arrive in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special that we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.

“In this club, the points record and the domestic competitions is incredible, but the Champions League we don’t win quite often compared to the other ones because the teams are so good, the competition is so demanding but we want to win it.”

Worryingly for the rest of the Premier League’s top six, Guardiola is determined to improve the City side, though warned not to expect a repeat of the “once in a lifetime” treble.

“I wouldn’t be here next season unless I believed we could improve as a group,” he said.

“I know it will be difficult because people will compare and people cannot expect us to repeat the treble or four titles in one season, that is something one team does once in their lifetime.

“I’m not focused, believe me, at the start of the season thinking, ‘I have to win one title, two, three or four’, never.

“(I want to) Continue to try to play good and to arrive at the last stages of competitions, fighting, you know the players follow us to do that.

“That is what I want, that is my target for the next season, to keep this spirit, this group follow our people.”

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