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Friday 9 December 2016

Guardiola wants to keep Kidd

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Pep Guardiola wants to retain assistant manager Brian Kidd on his Manchester City staff next season, according to reports.

The Spaniard will take over from the out-going Manuel Pellegrini in the summer and will to bring in his own backroom staff.

He is expected to bring his team from Bayern Munich - assistant Manuel Estiarte, coach Domenec Torrent, fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura and scout and video analyst Carles Planchart - to the Etihad with him. But Guardiola wants veteran Kidd, 66, to stay on.

The Mancunian, who played for City and United, has been part of the coaching team at the Etihad since 2009 following his appointment by then manager Roberto Mancini.

Kidd, who was Alex Ferguson's right-hand man at Old Trafford between 1991 and 1998, is a popular figure at City and his presence would give continuity when the new regime starts.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini will try to take City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho with him when he leaves City. The Blues boss could remain in the Premier League next season with Chelsea said to be interested.

City face top-of-the-table Leicester City at the Etihad tomorrow as they chase a dream 'quadruple' of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles.

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