Pep Guardiola will take over as coach of Manchester City on a three-year deal, the English club said Monday after announcing the departure of incumbent Manuel Pellegrini at season's end.
"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 club said in a statement.
"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."
Position: defensive midfielder
Teams: Barcelona (1990-2001), Brescia (2001-2002), Roma (2002-2003), Brescia (2003), Al-Ahli (2003-2005), Dorados (2005-2006)
Spanish league (6): 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1997-1998, 1998-1999
Spanish Cup (2): 1996-1997, 1997-1998
Spanish Super Cup: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
UEFA Cup Winner's Cup: 1996-1997
UEFA Super Cup: 1992, 1997
Teams: Barcelona B (ESP/2007-2008), Barcelona (ESP/2008-2012), Bayern Munich (GER/2013-2016)
Spanish league: 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011
Spanish Cup: 2008-2009, 2011-2012
Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010, 2011
UEFA Champions League: 2008-2009, 2010-2011
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
German league (2): 2013-14, 2014-2015
German Cup: 2013-2014
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
Club World Cup: 2013