Man City Have a Durable Model Says Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, is saddened by the recent departure of three key players, but he maintains that the club’s record transfer revenue this summer demonstrates their viability.
For £45 million and £30 million, City sold Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal.
Raheem Sterling also left the Premier League champions for Chelsea for £50 million as part of a reorganization.
The trio participated in each of Guardiola’s four championship campaigns since his arrival in Manchester in 2016.
Romeo Lavia and goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu were among the seven other players sold this summer to Southampton.
Guardiola admitted, “In part, I’m a little bit upset that these significant guys have left. However, it is a company. Players must be sold in order to invest; otherwise, sustainability is impossible.
“I am aware that the club’s reputation is one of constant shopping. But we also sell. We get a lot of money when we sell key players.
“Today’s clubs are all aware that selling players is difficult. Although everyone wants to, not everyone can.