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Guardiola contract: Italian manager ‘surprised’ at eye-watering Man City outlay

Following the revelation of Pep Guardiola‘s astonishing salary at Manchester City, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has refused to condemn the Citizens’s outlay.

German source Bild revealed earlier this month that the current Bayern Munich manager—who will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season—will be set to receive an annual salary of €25 million per year.

Guardiola’s contract—which translates to a cool £19 million per year—is a considerable increase on his current earnings with the Bavarian giants, although the Citizens may argue that the Spanish coach is worth the expenditure.

The former Barcelona coach—who will be replaced at Bayern by Carlo Ancelotti at the climax of the 2015-16 season—has won three La Liga titles, two Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues, three Fifa Club World Cups and a whole host of other domestic honours in both Spain and Germany since beginning his managerial career.

Writing in his column with Calcio Mercato, former Italy coach Prandelli has supported Guardiola’s hefty contract, even though he has admitted that he was surprised to learn the fee.

” I have read the news regarding Guardiola’s contract with Manchester City,” Prandelli began, speaking to the Italian source. “I am surprised but not scandalized.

“We are talking of course about immoral amounts, but considering the value of the coach (the best in the world together with Ancelotti), his personality and the level of the players he’s going to train, €20 million –from a professional point of view- can be the right amount.”

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