“It’s Impossible…” Guardiola Speaks Out On City Squad Morale Following Sterling Criticism

“It’s Impossible…” Guardiola Speaks Out On City Squad Morale Following Sterling Criticism

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he doesn’t want any player to be unhappy in his squad as it would be “impossible” to get the best out of them.

Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have both been allowed to move to Arsenal, while Raheem Sterling left for Chelsea, but Guardiola has no issue with letting talented players leave if they are not 100% committed to the club:

“If you force one person to stay when he doesn’t want to stay how can you get the best from him? It’s impossible. I wouldn’t want to move anyone on now. I love this squad I have. I feel comfortable training with them because after six, seven years we know each other incredibly well. In the bad moments I know how they react; they are incredible professionals. “I would love to stay all together but at the same time the transfer window ends in 10-15 days and if a player wants to leave then we will find a solution. Which one, I don’t know but we will find it.”


Guardiola wasn’t directly responding to criticisms made by Sterling, who stated last week that he was unhappy with the lack of game time he was afforded during his final season at the Etihad. However, the City manager’s remarks do highlight how swiftly he deals with any discontent.

Guardiola demands a lot from his players and it seems as though he has no time for placating anyone who is unsettled at the club. In addition to Sterling, Jesus and Zinchenko, Ferran Torres was allowed to move to Barcelona midway through last season, despite the club opting against signing a replacement at the time.

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