City to shift focus on Bellingham and Moukoko after Pep's contract extension

Guardiola is understood to have agreed to a new two-year contract extension at Etihad.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is supposed to get an extension on his contract. It means that the club can “guarantee the framework remains in place” if they look to bring young talents such as Jude Bellingham and Youssoufa Moukoko to the Etihad Stadium, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The former Catalan boss is expected to sign a new deal at the Etihad Stadium imminently.

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Guardiola is understood to have agreed to a new two-year contract extension at Etihad, which would see the Spaniard stay at the club until 2025.

The same source reports that the agreement was sealed on a visit to meet the City owners in Abu Dhabi.

This will come as a boost to the club, who have won nine trophies, including four Premier League titles, since the former Bayern Munich manager arrived in Manchester in the summer of 2016.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “City have been hoping to get this Pep contract tied down so it would help with the next phase of rebuilding the team.

“It means they can turn to Bellingham or Moukoko or any other amazing young talent and guarantee the framework remains in place.

“It’s a really big moment and bad news for their rivals.”

With Guardiola now looking likely to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City fans will be breathing a sigh of relief as the club can now plan for life with him.

According to Ben Jacobs, City could be among the potential suitors for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid also in the running for the England international’s signature.

The same journalist has suggested that former Dortmund teammate and current City striker Erling Haaland could play a part in encouraging the £130m valued star to make the move to the Etihad Stadium either in January or next summer.

Meanwhile, Football Insider understands that City have now joined the race for 18-year-old Dortmund striker Moukoko, with the young striker having less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Bundesliga club, suggesting that there’s a look to the future in the Citizen’s transfer plans in upcoming windows.

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