And the Blues boss has warned this squad of up to four players that they need to bring a solid transfer plan to the table if they are to leave this summer.
Guardiola revealed yesterday that up to four members of his team have expressed a desire to leave, but declined to name names.
We know that Bernardo Silva has, for the second consecutive summer, expressed the wish to go to Spain or Portugal in this transfer window, and Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have both expressed their interest.
There has also been speculation about the future of Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte, both of whom were frustrated with their lack of action last season.
But the identity of all the “two or three, four players who want to leave” mentioned by Guardiola remains unclear – although Bernardo, Jesus and Laporte appear to be three of them.
Guardiola has warned them, as well as all those who do not accept that the rotation and the fight for your place is a reality at City, that they must ask their agents to find a solution acceptable to the club if they want to do it. to go.
With Spanish clubs in turmoil, the rest of Europe still reeling from the financial effects of the pandemic and City reluctant to sell to English clubs, this could prove difficult.
When asked to expand on his suggestion that Bernardo and others might want to go, Guardiola replied, “I didn’t say any name, not even Bernardo – someone suggested it.
“So anyone can make a decision – these are players who are going to stay here or start training. Some can’t because they self-isolate for ten days for their period. “
And he added that these players must either find a route out of the club that involves an acceptable transfer fee for the Blues, or get on their knees and continue, and handed a rap to players who complained about their lack of game time.
“Every player knows the situation, how I’m leading the team. Some players want to play every three days, all the time, ”he said.
“There is no alternative. When it happened – things like that for a short time – and when it happens, they have to go.
“We are open to discussing absolutely anything. There are players who have to accept that they cannot stay here if they want to play all the games.
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“Now they have to bring it to say I want to play every three days. If they don’t bring a team, they stay here and have to come with a smile.
Guardiola was clearly annoyed by the attitude of some of his players last season and emphasized that he makes all decisions based on merit.
He said: “When I got there every decision is for the best for the team, not for me or them.
“Some want to be more important. They must find a solution before August 31. We have known each other for a long time.
“If they take a step forward, they can bring it to the club, they have to accept reality, move forward and put their humanity and service to the benefit of Man City.
“It’s above everyone else. It is the only one to continue to be successful in recent years.