Guardiola warns his players: you’re playing for your futures…
Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City team they are playing for their future at the club, according to The Sun.
Perhaps with his ageing back-four in mind – with Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov now all over 30 – Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday:
Every club wants to improve… At the end, the players decide [their futures] for themselves through their performances on the pitch.
... as he lines up European talent
And Guardiola might know exactly where to find his replacements, if Wednesday’s reports are to be believed, which indicate a swap could be on the cards with Valencia.
Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya has apparently caught the eye of Spanish boss Guardiola, who would look to swap him for Ellaquim Mangala – currently on loan with the club and reportedly out of their price range at £16 million for a permanent deal.
Paper Round’s view: Like several of last season’s new bosses in the upper echelons of the Premier League, of course it will take a bit of time for Pep to assess what kind of squad he inherited before making the team his own and we could see some big changes here, over the summer. Not least in City’s defence.
One thing seems likely – there is some dead wood to be felled at the Etihad, and you’d expect to see Guardiola looking to Europe to plug those gaps.
De Bruyne plans to challenge Chelsea
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is apparently planning to show the “champions elect" who’s the boss by staging a coup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
De Bruyne thinks Chelsea, having led the title race for some time now, may be on the ropes after a shock defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Paper Round: Guardiola warns City of summer transfer bonanza