Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager of the club this summer.
Guardiola, who is currently in charge of Bayern Munich, has finalised a contract to take over at City for three years.
The Spaniard had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal but City revealed that they had been talking with Guardiola since 2012. In a statement, City insisted they had announced the move to remove the “unnecessary burden of speculation” on Pellegrini:
Some United supporters had held out hopes that Guardiola would yet move to the red half of Manchester, with Louis van Gaal currently under huge pressure at Old Trafford.
Guardiola is arguably the best manager in the world and City have secured a major coup with his signing.
United are in disarray right now and there will be concerns that they could be left behind by City. If van Gaal leaves, Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs will be left as the favourites to take over at the club.