Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players that he will be making changes over the summer.
City have had a mixed debut season under Guardiola and are a fair way off the league leaders Chelsea. Last summer Guardiola made a number of changes to the team adding players such as John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Claudio Bravo.
This week he said that he expects another active transfer window and he has challenged his fringe players to show that they deserve a place at the club between now and the end of the season.
Speaking earlier in the week he said, “We will think about [making changes], we will discuss with the chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak], Txiki [Begiristain, the director of football], all the bosses. Every club wants to improve and, of course, the changes are necessary but we are going to discuss at the end of the season. At the end, the players decide for themselves through their performances on the pitch.”
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While City look to easily do better than the 66 points they achieved last season, Guardiola has said that the level of expectation that came with his appointment was probably unrealistic. However, another busy transfer window will once again lead to high hopes for next season.
Nonetheless, Guardiola is sure that his rivals will also spend big. He said that while City is thinking about what is needed to become a better and stronger team, “all the teams are going to think about that. Even Chelsea are going buy players. It will make an exceptional Premier League so every club is going to try to improve. I remember Sir Alex Ferguson would win titles and titles – but every season would change players. You have to do that.”