Manchester City have sold three key players this summer, but Pep Guardiola is pleased with the club’s transfer activity as they attempt to defend their Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola has opened up about Manchester City’s summer sales of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
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City have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in transfer window, signing four players and letting five others depart.
It’s been an extremely busy summer in the transfer market for City, and there is some risk in allowing three key outfield players to leave, but Guardiola sounded upbeat when asked about the club’s activity thus far.
This is what he had to say:
So far I am so excited and so happy. Sometimes the market was strange for us. Normally we are a team that buy and didn’t sell much.
This summer for different reasons, we sell some players. Sometimes you want to do it but you can’t. This summer it happened so quick. not just first-team players, academy and loan players. New players have come and we continue with them.
Guardiola also intimated that he would have preferred Sterling, Jesus, and Zinchenko to stay, confirming his long-held position that disgruntled players will be allowed to leave.
All three players contributed to City’s Premier League title last season and have been crucial to their success over the last six seasons.
No [the outgoings weren’t guaranteed] because I was incredibly happy with Gabriel, Oleks and Raheem. If they stayed longer there would be no problem. They proved last year how good they are.
But sometimes the players want more, and the club feel it is the right moment to do it. But the most important thing is they leave happy with the club and what they have done.