Pep Guardiola: Manchester City players must prove themselves to me

3 Jul

The north west of England will host several of football’s big managerial names next season, with Jurgen Klopp in place at Liverpool and Ronald Koeman in charge at Everton, but Guardiola insists that the focus should be on the players.


“The people don’t come to see who the manager is, they come to see how good our players are. I don’t think just that’s just the case this year, but in the past as well, with Klopp, with Conte, with Ranieri, Mourinho Pochettino, Koeman. The reason I work here is just to help the players.”

Guardiola, meanwhile, laughed off suggestions that he was about to make an attempt to bring five-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to City.

The Barcelona forward, who retired from international football last week, won two of his four Champions League titles when Guardiola was the club’s manager.

But asked about the possibility of a reunion in Manchester, Guardiola said: “He is not a bad player, this guy. But I am sorry – Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.”

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