Van Gaal welcomes Guardiola’s appointment as Man City’s manager

London: Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has welcomed Pep Guardiola appointment as Manchester City next manager.

Guardiola, who would leave his current club Bayern Munich at the end of this season, reportedly signed a three-year deal of more than 15 million Euros a year to take over Manuel Pellegrini from next summer.

Van Gaal had worked with Guardiola when the Dutchman was in charge of Barcelona and had also appointed the latter as captain at Camp Nou.

Jubilant with the decision, Van Gaal was quoted as saying by, “He is my former captain so I am very pleased to see him. And I can speak Spanish so it is very convenient for me!”

Pellegrini, who guided City to Premier League glory in the 2013-14 season, had announced that he would leave the Etihad on June 30.

City, which are currently second in the league standings, will next lock horns with surprise leaders Leicester City on Saturday. (ANI)