PREMIER - Guardiola attributes stay at City to Txiki Begiristain

23.11.2021 21:35 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
PREMIER - Guardiola attributes stay at City to Txiki Begiristain

Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with the English champions until 2023, citing the presence of director of football Txiki Begiristain as the reason for his sixth season at the club.

The turmoil at Manchester United, where outgoing executive vice chairman Ed Woodward may extend his time at Old Trafford to supervise a fifth managerial appointment in eight years, has brought City's off-field structure back into spotlight.

City laid the stage for Guardiola's arrival by promoting Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano, both of whom he worked with at Barcelona.

At the Etihad, they've constructed an empire, winning three Premier League crowns, one FA Cup, and four League Cups between them.

"One of the reason why I extended my contract is because Txiki is here. I am now 50, we met each other when I was 19-years-old," said Guardiola on Tuesday.

"So since then, we've been close friends and we work together incredibly well. When we are winning, we try to analyse, why we are winning? When we lose, why are we losing? No one judges the other one for good or bad. I've never been judged on a result. Both of you work for the best for this club.

"He is the most humble person I met. He never goes to the media, he's always behind the scenes. You don't find many of these types of people in this world when the egos are always there. I put that example for myself.

"So he's an exception. What he has done in Barcelona, creating one of the best teams of all-time, and how he has been working here for these years...

"He always gives the credit for the players, of course for the managers, for the chairman, for the CEO, and always is there so that's why it's a pleasure. We're with him because I can do my job."