Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2023, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Guardiola’s deal lasted until the end of the 2020-21 season, which began on September 12, but he will remain in the Premier League after agreeing to an extension.

“Since I came to Manchester City I have been made to feel very welcome at the club and in the city itself, by the players, the staff, the fans, the people of Manchester and the president and owner,” Guardiola said.

“Since then we have achieved a lot together, we scored goals, we won games and trophies, and we are very proud of that success. Having that kind of support is the best a coach can have. I have everything I could wish for. Do my job well and I am honored by the trust that the owner, president, Ferran [Soriano] and Txiki [Begiristain] they have proven in me to continue two more years after this season.

“The challenge for us is to keep improving and evolving and I am very excited to help Manchester City achieve that.”

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Guardiola, 49, previously coached Barcelona for four seasons and Bayern Munich for three before arriving in 2016 at City, where he has now achieved the longest period of his career. They have won two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup in four seasons, but have yet to make it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Guardiola’s greatest successes have come nationally at City, where his team won the 2017-18 Premier League title with a record 100 points, and retained their crown with a 98-point campaign the following season.

The City manager was linked to a return to Barcelona when the team’s presidential leader, Víctor Font, declared his intention to bring him back to the Camp Nou, but Guardiola said he had no interest in returning to the club.

“I am incredibly happy here,” Guardiola said. “I am delighted to be happy here and I hope I can do a good job here this season to stay longer.”

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi witnessed a sensational reunion with Guardiola last summer when he made it clear that he wanted to leave the Camp Nou, and this week La Liga president Javier Tebas once again targeted City in his search for the Argentine international. And this week Messi spoke of his frustration at the club, ensuring that he is tired of being seen as a problem for Barça.

“It is a testament to the qualities of the man that Pep’s passion and intelligent approach are now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as a club. That impact has been critical to our success during his tenure and that is why I am delighted that you share our view that there is much more to be accomplished both on and off the field, “said City President Khaldoon Mubarak.

“The extension of Pep’s contract is the next natural step in a journey that has evolved over many years. It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire club. It also refers to stability and creativity in The heart of Our football operations Importantly, it is a validation of the structure and philosophy of football that has been built over more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much.

“I am confident that all City fans share my joy at this new agreement and anticipating the exciting opportunities that, with continued hard work, are there to seize.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said he is in talks with the club about a contract extension of his own. The Belgian international’s contract expires in 2023, but the 29-year-old, who joined City from German Wolfsburg in 2015 for a club record at the time, £ 55 million, said he is eager to extend his stay.

“I’m happy in Manchester, I’m in a good club [with] good owners, “De Bruyne told VTM Nieuws before Belgium beat England 2-0 in Sunday’s Nations League match.” We are a bit in talks, not advanced. At the moment I am doing the talks myself.

“I would like to stay at the club, so it’s easy. If I didn’t want to stay, it would take someone to mediate. But when you want to stay, it’s not that difficult.”

City are 10th after an indifferent start to the season, with three wins, three draws and a 5-2 home loss to leaders Leicester. Guardiola’s men are next in action against José Mourinho’s Tottenham on Saturday.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.