Pep Guardiola will become the new Manchester City boss this summer

Manuel Pellegrini’s departure has been confirmed.

Pep Guardiola is bound for the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola is bound for the Etihad Stadium.
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MANCHESTER CITY HAVE confirmed that Pep Guardiola is to take over as their new manager in the summer.

An official statement released by the club on their website has announced that the current Bayern Munich boss will succeed Manuel Pellegrini.

The statement reads:

“Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalized contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.

The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.

Aston Villa v Manchester City - Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round - Villa Park Manuel Pellegrini steered Manchester City to the 2013-14 Premier League title. Source: Martin Rickett

“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.

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“Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the Club.”

Pellegrini has been in charge of Manchester City since the summer of 2013. He guided them to the 2013-14 Premier League title and won the League Cup in the same year.

Last week Man City qualified for this month’s Capital One Cup final and are currently second in the Premier League table.

Guardiola’s managerial exploits saw him win three La Liga titles with Barcelona and two Champions League crowns while he’s steered Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga in the past two seasons.

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