Man City owner Sheikh Mansour issue public statement as he set Challenge for Pep Gaurdiola

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has challenged Pep Guardiola and his players to continue their era of dominance and carry on piling up the trophies.

City clinched the Premier League title with three games to spare, their third title in four years and fifth since the Sheikh transformed the club with his 2008 takeover.

The Blues won the Carabao Cup for the fourth year running and will clinch the second Treble of Guardiola’s glittering reign if they can beat Chelsea on May 29 to win the Champions League for the first time.

Guardiola has won 10 major trophies since becoming City boss in 2018, while the club have claimed 16 in total since the Sheikh arrived to bankroll their current era of unprecedented success.

In a rare public comment, the Sheikh said: “I congratulate the fans of Manchester City football club in England and all the countries of the world, who stood behind the team throughout its career in a difficult season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I also thank the management, players, team coach and all the club’s staff for winning the Premier League, wishing that this wonderful achievement will be a catalyst for more titles.”

Guardiola and his players will receive the Premier League trophy following their final league game of the season at home to Everton on May 23, when Carlo Ancelotti’s players will give the champions a guard of honour.

It is understood City’s players will honour the club’s outgoing all-time leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, by allowing him to lift the trophy along with captain Fernandinho, who could also be on his way this summer.

Aguero is now the most decorated player in City’s history and will leave the Etihad at the end of this season after 10 years with the Blues.

Guardiola paid tribute to the investment and commitment from the Sheikh to City and said: “In 10 years, City won five times.

“Everything this club has done in the last 10 years since Sheikh Mansour took over the club and Khaldoon [Al-Mubarak] the chairman leading the people. We did it. Big compliment for everyone.

“We are part of City in this 10 years, many players and managers to create this. It’s part of that. Five Premier Leagues. I’ve been in Spain and in Germany and I can say this is the toughest one, the toughest league. By far.

“For many reasons, so to achieve five leagues in 10 years means a lot for this organisation. From the most important guys to the less recognised guys externally, a big compliment.”