Guardiola Silent On Iheanacho, Other City Stars’ Future; Focuses On Watford ‘Final’

Guardiola Silent On Iheanacho, Other City Stars’ Future; Focuses On Watford ‘Final’ 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday refused to comment about the future of Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho and other City players who are linked with transfer exits from the club or are in the closing stages of their contracts, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Iheanacho who has played 19 matches in the Premier League and scored four times this season has been linked with clubs like West Ham United, Everton, and the pair of Borrusia Dortmund and Hoffeinheim in the German Bundelisga in recent days but the Spaniard will not budge at his news conference ahead of the Premier League trip to Watford.


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"I spoke three days ago about the future. I'm not going to speak today. I know the question is going to come but forget about it," Guardiola said.


"The day after tomorrow we have a real final. We have to focus on that. I will talk in the present."


Guardiola insists he knows how important his team's last game of the season against Watford is to secure third place and automatic entry into the Champions League group stages.


He added: "We still have 95-96 minutes to fight to do one thing so important for the club. It is a crucial game for us, absolutely a final.


"It is in our hands. Just look what we have to do – win the game. We travel to London for that.


"Every game is a pressure, every game we play for everything."


On City's performance this season he added: "We didn't fight until the end because two teams were better. We dropped too many points at home. We will have to improve that.


"We have to work harder next season to reduce the gap."


City are third in the table with 75 points from 37 matches.


Guardiola is unconvinced by the FA's plans to ban divers retrospectively, claiming technology would be a better innovation.


The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager claims raising refereeing standards is a bigger issue than clamping down on diving.


The Manchester City boss feels officials need technology to help them make fewer mistakes because the game has become so fast.


"I think diving is not the most important thing to improve. There are many other cases we can improve," Guardiola said.

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