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Pep Guardiola sarcastic message to Mohamed Salah award

Pep Guardiola sarcastic message to Mohamed Salah after winning the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year.

Pep Guardiola had a warm message for Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager signed a new deal at Anfield until 2026

Pep Guardiola has congratulated Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager signed a contract extension to stay at Anfield for the next four years at least.

But the Manchester City boss had a slightly more unusual take on Reds forward Mohamad Salah being confirmed as the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year.

Liverpool confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Klopp had signed a two-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at Anfield until 2026. 

And on Friday morning Salah won the Footballer of the Year poll, as voted for by journalists.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of City’s trip to Leeds United tomorrow evening, Guardiola said: “Congratulations to Jurgen and Liverpool, it’s really good for the Premier League. I wish them all the best. Everyone has their situation and if we decide to stay longer, it’s because I decide not because my colleague Jurgen extended.”

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Pep Guardiola sarcastic message

He said: “Congratulations to Salah. Jurgen said, they have the best keeper, the second-best second keeper in the world, the best central defender, the best holding midfielder, the best striker, so it’s normal they win all the awards.”

When asked if City star Kevin De Bruyne would be disappointed not have to won this year’s award, Guardiola shrugged his shoulders and added: “He’s won it before.”

Only a point separates City and Liverpool in the Premier League, with five matches to go for both sides, but it is the current champions from Manchester who hold the advantage. 

Both teams also enjoyed leads after their respective Champions League semi-final first legs, with a final between the two clubs in Paris on May 28 a very real possibility.

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