All change at Etihad

Guardiola to take charge at Manchester City

Premier League big spenders Manchester City have announced that manager Manuel Pellegrini will leave in the summer and be replaced by Pep Guardiola.

The 45-year-old Guardiola is currently in charge at Bayern Munich and will will take over on 1 July.

A statement from City said Chilean Pellegrini, 62, was “fully supportive” of the decision.

City also revealed that the club had been in talks with his successor four years ago.

Pellegrini was appointed at the Etihad in 2013 and led the club to the Premier League and League Cup double the following season.

In a statement, Manchester City said:

“Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised 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.

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

“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.”

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