Pep Guardiola will be made world football’s highest-paid manager next summer with a lucrative new contract worth up to £80million.
Manchester City chiefs believe boss Guardiola is in it for the long haul with them, and are convinced he’s ready to commit himself to a lengthy spell in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
The Blues made it 16 consecutive Premier League wins with Saturday’s emphatic 4-1 triumph over Tottenham, which saw them briefly open up a 14-point lead at the top of the table.
Guardiola signed a three-year deal when he joined from Bayern Munich in 2016, but the club’s hierarchy have already decided to hand the Spaniard an improved deal.
City will approach his representatives about a new terms in the summer likely to be a four-year extension – and are assured he does to extend his stay with the club.
The 46-year-old is currently on £15m-a-year but can expect to see that figure rise to as much as £20m almost £400,000 a week under the terms of the new deal, which will cement his status as the highest-paid boss in the sport.
Guardiola spent four years as Barca boss and, after a 12-month sabbatical, three with Bayern, but City are convinced he will spend longer with them because he is so happy with their set-up.
City are on course to win their first title under him this season and there is a feeling within the club that he wants to build a legacy in Manchester.
Those who work closely with Guardiola say that at City there is none of the internal politics that forced him to quit Barcelona, and the level of scrutiny is also far less intense than at the Nou Camp.
After failing to win a trophy in his first season, it is understood he confided to those within the club that he had underestimated how tough it was to manage in the Premier League.
He has clearly learned from that difficult 2016-17 campaign, with City on a relentless march to a third Premier League title in six years, having dropped just two points from 18 games.
Guardiola has been allowed to build his own trusted back-room team, including coaches and staff with whom he has worked throughout his successful career at Barca and Bayern.
City believes having such a support network around him, as well as being granted the autonomy to make his own decisions, free from any intervention, will help keep Guardiola with them long-term.