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Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss

Pellegrini leaving Man City

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as manager next season, Manchester City have announced.

The club's surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini's future.

Guardiola will take over from the start of the 2016-17 season having agreed a three-year contract with the club

 

BBC's take:

 

Pep Guardiola has agreed a three-year contract to become Manchester City manager in the summer.

The 45-year-old, currently in charge at Bayern Munich, will replace Manuel Pellegrini, who will leave on 30 June.

A statement from City said Chilean Pellegrini, 62, was "fully supportive" of the announcement being made.

 

The club said negotiations with former Barcelona coach Guardiola had been "a recommencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012".

Roberto Mancini was City boss in 2012, when he led them to the domestic title.

Pellegrini succeeded the Italian in 2013 and took the club to a Premier League and League Cup double the following season.

He has won 64 of his 99 Premier League games as a manager, a record only eclipsed by Jose Mourinho, who won 73 of his opening 99 league games as Chelsea boss.

City could yet win four trophies under Pellegrini this season.

They are already through to the final of the League Cup and are second in the league behind Leicester City.

The Blues are also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and will play Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Why City went for Pep

  • Barcelona's most successful manager with 14 trophies in four years, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
  • Took a year's break before joining Bayern in 2013, following the club's Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble under Jupp Heynckes.
  • Won the league twice in his two full seasons with Bayern, who are eight points clear in his third campaign. He is yet to win the Champions League with the German club and has been knocked out at the semi-final stage twice.
  • They face Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition in February and Guardiola said: "Winning the Champions League would make my time here complete."

Reaction

Former City winger Trevor Sinclair said news of Guardiola's appointment was "a massive, massive statement" by the club and "huge news for all City fans".

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "He's the hottest manager out there. Every club would want him.

"And when you look at the recruitment possibilities now, that's where you really start to get excited. He'll be able to bring in some huge players."

Analysis

Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer:

The announcement that Pep Guardiola is to be the next Manchester City coach is not a huge surprise - but the timing is.

Manuel Pellegrini is still in charge and is still in serious contention for four trophies.

What is beyond question, however, is that this is the most powerful statement of intent from City's Abu Dhabi owners that they intend to construct a club to stand alongside any in world football.

Guardiola is the game's most coveted coach with a history of claiming the top prizes.

The combination of the charismatic Catalan's coaching brilliance and the financial backing he will receive makes this a partnership the rest of football world could come to fear.

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal says he needs 'creative players' because Juan Mata 'does not fit profile'

Manchester United are in need of creative players, with Juan Mata not the answer on the right wing, according to their manager Louis van Gaal.   

After his side's dour 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United, secured with an injury time penalty from Wayne Rooney, Van Gaal revealed he was not satisfied with his current options.

The Dutchman's comments come despite spending £250m since taking over at the club and having been at the helm for 18 months.

Asked why he had failed to rectify issues within his squad, he said: "Because it is the most difficult situation in the match.

"It is like that and I have said also in the (summer) transfer period that we need creative players with speed and we don’t have that too much.

“Juan Mata is playing the right side and he is doing fantastically well because he always has a big contribution for our team, but he is not a right winger in the profile I have.

“But it is not so easy to purchase players who are better than Mata because even though he is in a different profile, he is a very good right winger in our way of playing.”

Despite acknowledging the need for new faces at Old Trafford, Van Gaal does not expect any arrivals this month.

“I don’t think that we shall do business in January,” he said.

“When there is a chance to make the selection better then we shall do it, but I don’t think we shall do that.”

Liverpool considering Sturridge sale

Premier League giants Liverpool are reportedly willing to listen to offers for injury prone striker Daniel Sturridge, as manager Jurgen Klopp continues to grow frustrated with the Englishman.   

The 26-year-old has made only three Premier League appearances this season and has played only 106 minutes under the former Borussia Dortmund coach. More so, the former Manchester City and Chelsea flop has spent more time on sidelines that on the pitch at Anfield.

It’s being said Jurgen Klopp has become frustrated with the 26-year-old and Liverpool are now willing to pay heed to offers in the region of £25 million for Sturridge.

Sturridge’s injury woes are well known as he has already sustained a total of 3 injuries this season. A mixture of problems such as those of hip, hamstring and knee have meant that Sturridge has failed to get going after Luis Suarez’s exit to Barcelona.

Around a week ago, Klopp claimed that the striker often breaks down in training and struggles to string together the “nine or 10 days” of intensive training he needs to be fit to play.

Arsenal to spend £52m on Rabiot and Xhaka; Man Utd target Yoshinori Muto; Liverpool open to Sturridge offers

Arsenal could spend as much as £52m this month as they try to bring in Adrien Rabiot and Granit Xhaka. The Star is reporting that Arsene Wenger is prepared to make big money moves for the French youngster and the Swiss star.   

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said he doesn't expect to see any new faces at Old Trafford this month, however his club have been linked with a £12m deal for Yoshinori Muto. Reports suggest the Mainz 05 striker, dubbed the 'Japanese Messi', has caught their eye. The 23-year-old has scored seven goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances.

According to the Express, Barcelona will move for two Premier League players in the summer - Aaron Ramsey and John Stones. Having been barred from making signings last summer due to a transfer ban, the Spanish giants want to show their strength with a couple of blockbuster deals. It's reported they could offer Arsenal as much as £50m for Ramsey whilst they will have to fight off competition for Stones, with Chelsea among those keen on the Everton defender.

Liverpool are ready to offload Daniel Sturridge, with Jurgen Klopp fed up with the striker's injury woes. The England international, prolific when in action, is all too rarely available and it's a situation that has the Liverpool manager ready to listen to offers for the 26-year-old say The Mirror.

Andriy Yarmolenko, who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, is back amid the back page headlines with Everton ready to spend £21m on the winger. The Daily Mail report that the Toffees are concerned that the Ukraine international's value could rise sharply if he impresses at Euro 2016 so will try to do a deal with Dynamo Kiev sooner rather than later.

It's that Saido Berahino to Tottenham story again. Spurs just won't give up on the out-of-sorts West Brom striker and are readying yet another offer for the 22-year-old. According to the Star, the London club are putting together a package of around £20m that includes Andros Townsend.