"These players have to leave!" - Pep Guardiola opens up on Man City transfer plans ahead of summer window

Pep Guardiola has made his first significant comments regarding Manchester City's summer transfer plans, while partaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
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Pep Guardiola has made his first significant comments regarding Manchester City's summer transfer plans, while partaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Although there may have been no admissions over particular positions being strengthened or amount of players being signed from Pep Guardiola, the City boss did reveal that players who do not 'accept their role' in the squad have to be 'removed'.

The importance of rotation has been highlighted on several occasions so far this season, and so retaining squad harmony and togetherness will have been at the forefront of many of Guardiola's squad meetings. Retaining that mindset throughout the squad will have been crucial, and the former Barcelona boss highlighted just that in his press conference.

All the players we have deserve to stay here for many years - their quality is exceptional", Guardiola started by stating.

"But year by year it changes because some players accept their role and some don't. It is not about the quality. It is about accepting sometimes you don’t play. Sometimes for a short time they can, sometimes they cannot for longer - these players have to leave. These players have to be removed. We are all together, everyone is involved - there are players, age, personality, education, they accept roles. Others don't."

Pep Guardiola continued, "When they play they are perfect but when they don’t, there is a problem. These players have to think, they have to reflect, speak to their agent and the Club and decide what is best for themselves especially and the Club as well."

The Manchester City manager did however reiterate that at this stage, with the focus clearly being on the on-the-pitch matters, that he does not know what will happen in the summer and that now is not the moment for him to be focused on such subjects.

Guardiola closed by saying, "Next season, we don't know what will happen. Now is not the moment. I don't think one second about this, that's why Txiki [Begiristain] is here."

Manchester City have been linked to a whole variety of names from across the globe as we edge slowly towards what is being billed as one of the most important transfer windows in the club's recent history. 

There is an expectation that a left-back and a striker will be signed by the Etihad club, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku, and Lionel Messi being mooted for the attacking role.

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