Manchester - Manchester City want to keep Pep Guardiola at the helm for many years
to come, says the English champions chairperson Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Guardiola - who stayed for four seasons with Barcelona and three
terms with Bayern Munich - took over at City in 2016 and is under
contract till 2021.
The Spaniard - who has guided City to successive league titles and
an unprecedented domestic treble last term - nipped speculation in the
bud that he would leave at the end of this campaign by saying last week
he wanted to stay longer.
This season has been a testing one for him in the title race, though,
with Liverpool holding a nine point lead over City with just over a
third of the campaign gone.
Whilst they reached the knockout stages of the Champions League on
Tuesday they still have hanging over them a possible ban from the
competition next season over allegedly breaching UEFA's financial fair
Al Mubarak said Guardiola was much more than just a great manager and
he would like him to remain at the club for a long time to come.
"Pep has been an incredible asset to this organisation," Al Mubarak told Sky Sports.
"We can speak about his managerial accomplishments for hours but I
think as a person, as an individual, as a friend, he's been a core part
of what we've accomplished here over the last three years.
"He's very committed, we're committed to him.
"We have a great relationship, we have a great environment here.
"The people around him, the team we have in place today, the
relationships I have with them, this is really an environment that's
conducive to success for both him and everyone involved in this
"So I'm very satisfied with his commitment and our commitment to him
and I'm looking forward to the continuity of this for years to come."
Al Mubarak is also confident that Guardiola can turn the tables on Liverpool in the title race.
"I think in Pep we have a leader who has shown time and time again
his ability to continuously evolve and continuously challenge," said Al
"We've been in this position not once but many times before, and we've shown the character always consistently to come back.
"We're up for it and there's still a long way to go, (we're) still in
November and we'll see where we end up in May, but certainly we're up