Guardiola cites Liverpool, Man Utd when addressing divisive hot topic; dismisses mooted Man City transfer

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Pep Guardiola sitting on the Manchester City bench Credit: PA Images
Pep Guardiola sitting on the Manchester City bench Credit: PA Images

Pep Guardiola weighed in on the debate around every neutral apparently wanting Liverpool to win the title, and poured cold water on a reported Man City transfer.

Manchester City and Liverpool must wait until 5:55pm on Sunday before finding out who will be crowned Premier League champions. The two great modern rivals have once again been the standard bearers in domestic English football this season.

A Man City draw with Aston Villa, combined with a Reds win against Wolves would see Liverpool complete a domestic treble.

Debate has recently raged regarding who neutral fans and those within the media want to win the title.

Both Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have been drawn into the subject, with the City boss previously claiming “everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.”

Klopp hit back, claiming the Premier League would be “boring” if Liverpool weren’t running City close. Now, speaking in his pre-match press conference, Guardiola explained why it’s only natural more people want his side to miss out on Sunday.

Guardiola explains greater Liverpool, Man Utd support

“I’m sure my English isn’t good after four, five years,” said Guardiola (via the Manchester Evening News).

“I said in the time you arrive in the titles, the teams with more history have more supporters. It happens in Spain and Germany and Italy.

“We are outsiders in the last decade. In that moment, of course people don’t want Liverpool or us to win.

“Liverpool fans want to win, I’m not saying all the country are Liverpool fans but in general they are a team with more titles.

“Maybe I’m wrong, but in countries all around the world there are two, three teams people support more than the other ones.

“Liverpool, [Manchester] United, Arsenal have a lot of history, we are new. How many times we arrive in this history? Brighton, Paul Dickov, I don’t think so. It’s not much.

“It’s why we feel it’s a privilege and won’t waste this opportunity to enjoy the 95 minutes.”

Gundogan exit reports addressed

The subject then turned to the future of Ilkay Gundogan.

A Daily Mail report earlier this week insisted the 31-year-old midfielder has been told he is free to find a new club this summer. Gundogan reportedly wants more regular playing time – something City can’t guarantee with Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva running the show.

However, when asked about the speculation, Guardiola stated there’s no one at City pushing Gundogan out. His current deal is due to expire in 2023, meaning next season would be his last in Manchester.

“He got married, congratulations. I don’t know his travel, he had permission,” added Guardiola when referencing Gundogan’s trip to Madrid on Monday.

“If you ask me personally, I want him next season. There is no-one thinking he cannot be here. If he wants to leave, as a club we don’t know it.

“All the twitter accounts saying he will leave, I don’t know. Maybe you know more than me.”

Finally, Guardiola paid tribute to the departing Fernandinho.

The Brazilian, 37, will play his final match for the club on Sunday if given a run-out from the bench. The midfielder is a modern great in Manchester and has been instrumental in helping to establish City as the dominant force in English football over the last decade.

“We are together since day one,” said Guardiola. “He’s one of them, became captain.

“We experience many good moments and bad moments together. Generous guy, puts the team first over him. He knows it, I’m more than happy to have met him in my life and work together.

“We wish him all the best in the future and his last season in Brazil, maybe he will be a manager. I’m sure we’ll meet again in the future.”

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