Manchester City bosses will hold talks with Pep Guardiola at the end of the season with a view to extending his stay at the club beyond his current three-year deal.
Chairman Khaldoun Al Mubarak and CEO Ferran Sorriano traditionally hold an end-of-season review into all workings at City and top of next May’s agenda is convincing Guardiola to sign a new deal.
The 46-year-old is halfway through his current three-year contract and sources connected to the Premier League leaders are confident everything is in place to persuade him to remain and establish a dynasty to rival that of Sir Alex Ferguson’s at Manchester United.
Those in charge at the Etihad Stadium are believed to be impressed by the intensity of Guardiola’s work on the training ground, work which is reaping rewards with City currently on a record-breaking 16-game winning run has included 56 goals and eight clean-sheets.
That has left City 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League with an incredible +44 goal difference after just 18 games.
It is a huge improvement on Guardiola’s first season in England when City finished third behind Chelsea and Tottenham.
One of the problems he has solved since then has been the position of goalkeeper with the £35m signing of Ederson from Benfica helping the leaders concede just 12 goals in the opening 18 games.