Guardiola set for contract talks as City aims to rival Ferguson dynasty

Pep Guardiola will discuss a new contract with Manchester City in the summer, with club chiefs believing his presence could help rival Sir Alex Ferguson’s long-term legacy at Manchester United.

City’s neighbouring rivals had won eight of the first 11 Premier Leagues titles under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and City would like to replicate that dominance even as the Blues beat Tottenham 4-1 on Saturday to extend their record winning run in the Premier League to 16 games and are 11 points clear of United at the top.

Guardiola, who previously coached FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, became City manager in the summer of 2016.

His contract with City is set to expire by the summer of 2019.

In his debut season, the team finished third in the Premier League, and exited both the Champions League and EFL Cup at the last-16 stage before losing the FA Cup semi-final to eventual winners Arsenal.

However, while chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak described the season as “disappointing”, the clubs believe the 46-year-old is now reaping the benefit of that campaign.

City executives also reportedly never doubted Guardiola would succeed, even though last season was the first during his career in which he did not win a trophy.

While whether he is able to bring Champions League success remains to be seen — with City’s best result so far reaching the semi-finals in 2016 — those in power at City have noted with some admiration that Real Madrid have won the competition in three of the past four seasons, and are keeping that aspiration in mind.

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