Manchester City is planning to rebuild their squad over the summer after falling behind 22 points to first place Liverpool. The change comes after a disappointing run thus far in the race for the Premier League title.
Guardiola’s men began the season with the hopes of winning the Prem title for a third consecutive season. However their plans have fallen short and the City boss thinks it’s time to make a few adjustments in order to get back to winning ways.
Guardiola said: “I don’t know. I have an idea but not even had contact from anyone in terms of that because, during the season, I am not too much ready to think about that.”
“Of course we have to do something because David (Silva) is leaving and in some positions we are going to do it, but I don’t know how many or how much because the market is always difficult and still there are two or three months, and two or three months can change a lot of things”
“There are incredible nice things still to fight for. We are in a final in two or three weeks to win one more title and we have the FA Cup, the league to try and finish second in and fight for qualification for the Champions League next season, and two big games against Real Madrid.”
Guardiola’s future at the club is uncertain with the Spaniards contract ending next season. With several speculation going around, the City boss could possibly be leaving sooner. Pep, who received an increase in pay sometime in the middle of last season, earns roughly €1.94 million per month. The Etihad stadium boss currently earns more than any player in the Premier League.
Guardiola believes City’s current lack of form will have little bearing on players when it comes to deciding on whether to join City or not.
He said: “That’s not the only reason they come here is because I am here. We have been in contact with others who didn’t come when I was here. I think the club is big enough and good enough to be attractive for players who want to play in the way we do, or they watch TV and see us and we have played against them.”
“They will still want to come because of economic reasons, or because just they want to play for City. I think Man City is not a bad solution for players. The club was stable and moving forward before I came here. I’m not the reason why – the club is good enough, and we need players to believe they can help us.”
Manchester City will host West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City is hoping to bag away 3 points but with Raheem Sterling out with a hamstring injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko suspended, their options are currently pretty slim. Stones who currently received backlash for his lack of fitness could be starting today alongside Benjamin Mendy who both miss the last four games.