Pep Guardiola believes he has to rebuild Manchester City in the next transfer window to compensate for the loss of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Leroy Sané, and with Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho entering the final year of their contracts.
Kompany departed last summer, Sané is soon to join Bayern Munich and Silva will end a decade at City at the close of this season. Fernandinho and Agüero could sign new deals but their ages – 35 and 32 respectively – also mean Guardiola has to look for replacements.
The manager was asked whether a rebuild was needed. “Yes – not for the lack of quality but for the absence of Vinny, David; Dinho and Sergio have one year left – I don’t know if they will extend or not,” he said. “Some players have to be replaced. But it’s not a disaster or bad thing, it’s part of football.
“It happens in other clubs – players who are considered important players for the club decide to leave. [Also] they don’t want to be here and that was the case for Jadon Sancho [now at Borussia Dortmund] and Leroy.