Pep Guardiola wants more! Man City boss makes club’s dream come true with Champions League triumph… but he’s not done yet and is primed to push for an unprecedented quadruple
- Pep Guardiola has committed to Manchester City long-term after Treble win
- The club must figure out Ilkay Gundogan’s future after their success in Istanbul
- Meanwhile Kevin de Bruyne faces a race to be fit for the start of the new season
Pep Guardiola is committed to building on Manchester City’s historic Treble after they finally won the Champions League.
The Catalan boss has two years left on his contract and, despite having his most successful ever season at the Etihad, he is primed to continue in pursuit of an unprecedented Quadruple.
Guardiola warned his players not to relent in their hunt for silverware after they beat Inter Milan on Saturday night. He was emboldened to carry on by the Premier League charges in February for City’s alleged financial breaches.
Rodri, whose goal clinched the Champions League crown for City in Istanbul, said: ‘It was so important to beat Inter because now we can build a legacy for the future. We can trust in ourselves.
‘This is what teams like Real Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona, AC Milan did in the past. We believe we can win it again.’
Pep Guardiola has committed his future to Manchester City after sealing the Treble
The club must now deal with the pressing issue of Ilkay Gundogan’s future at the Etihad
Josko Gvardiol (left) and Mateo Kovacic (right) are both players who City could bring in
City are ready to intensify their interest in RB Leipzig central defender Josko Gvardiol — valued at £85 million — with out-of-favour Aymeric Laporte expected to seal a move away.
A pressing issue for City is the future of Ilkay Gundogan. They are set to hold further talks with their captain as he determines whether to sign a new deal or look elsewhere.
Barcelona and Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing the Germany midfielder on a free transfer. Bernardo Silva’s future is also on the line as Paris Saint-Germain circle.
Mateo Kovacic is keen on a switch to the Etihad if a fee can be agreed with Chelsea, and City sporting director Txiki Begiristain is searching for wingers, with Phil Foden expected to take up a central role next term.
Rodri added that past heartbreak — not least last year’s semi-final defeat by Real Madrid — had spurred City on.
‘This talks a little bit about life — you have to push, even though some years it’s not been fair for us,’ he said. ‘The good point is we won but we created a culture and won more. Guys like Erling (Haaland), 22 year olds… we have a very good squad for the next years.
‘I don’t want to forget players like Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany. Many players had been working eight, nine, 10 years at this club to help it arrive at this level. We take the fruits (of their labour) and this victory is for all of them.’
Kevin De Bruyne pulled a hamstring in the first half which leaves him fighting to prove his fitness for next season. The 32-year-old is going for tests to ascertain the extent of the damage this week.
Guardiola says he does not want his players to let up in their continued quest for silverware
Kevin de Bruyne’s hamstring injury means he is in a race to be fit for the start of next season
‘I’ve been struggling for two months,’ he said. ‘I missed games but it was all small ruptures. I snapped it all the way here.
‘I had some personal things that happened with my family on top of that and I managed that.
‘I give everything for my team and the club know that. I feel proud I’ve been able to do what I did.’
City are expected to return for pre-season training in a month’s time ahead of a tour of Japan and South Korea.
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