Pep Guardiola to replace Manuel Pellegrini in summer
Photo: A.Beier/Bayern Munich

Manchester City have ended weeks of speculation regarding their future managerial situation, as Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in closing to a stunned press conference, that he will not be renewing his contract.

Shortly afterward the club released a statement to confirm Pep Guardiola will take over at The Etihad this summer.

City are expected to appoint the Spaniard on a three-year contract.

Guardiola heavily rumoured for months

Since the 45 year-old announced that he would be leaving Bayern Munich just before Christmas, rumours have been rife that he would make the switch to City.

That was then intensified by the admission of Guardiola himself that he would be moving to the Premier League, saying he had 'several offers' on the table.

With new of his immenent arrival, what can The Citizens expect in the coming months?

City moulded to become Barcelona

With former La Bluagrana staff already on board, cynics might suggest that a move for Guardiola was long in the making for City. C.E.O Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain worked in tandem with the Spaniard in his time at Camp Nou and will now be re-united.

No doubt it will also flag up the potential arrival of Barca's global superstars. Lionel Messi's name has  cropped up on more than one occasion but now the likes of Neymar Jr et al will now be on the lips of every member of the club's fanbase.

Guardiola primed for success in England 

Guardiola will arrive in England with a glittering CV. In just his first season in charge in Catalonia, the former midfielder won a Copa Del Rey, La Liga and Champions League treble. 

Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona (photo:getty)
Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona (photo:getty)

He also also won the FIFA Club World Cup and the Champions League once more with the Spanish side.

Since moving to Germany, his Die Roten charges have won the Bundesliga title for the last two seasons and is well on the way to a third before he departs

If his managerial career is anything to go by, Manchester City can expect much success in the future. There are still those that say he is an unknown quantity because he inherited such richly talented squads and that he is untested in the English top flight.

Nevertheless, with almost Pep Guardiola's rapsheet of silverware - and with a likely blank chequebook at his disposal - from this point on - the Premier League and indeed European and World football as a whole, are on notice.