Pep Guardiola says all of his record Manchester City players deserve to stay at the club for “many, many years” but accepts that some of them may leave this summer.
City visit to Arsenal on Sunday to add to their 17 consecutive wins in all competitions – a top English record – while maintaining at least a 10-point Premier League lead over title rivals Leicester and Manchester United.
A challenge for Guardiola could be how to improve his squad in the transfer market this summer, but the city manager was more interested in discussing his current players when planning future ahead of the trip to the Emirates.
“What I believe is that all players deserve to stay here for many, many years,” Guardiola said. “The quality they have is exceptional, there is no doubt about it. But from year to year the situation is different because there are players who accept certain roles and others not.
“It’s not about the quality, it’s about accepting that sometimes you don’t play and then the player has to go.
“There are players, for age, personality or for several reasons, who accept all roles. Others don’t, when they play it’s perfect but it’s a problem when they don’t. not play with the team.
“These players have to think and talk with their agents and the club and decide what is best for them in particular, and for the club as well, so I don’t know what’s going to happen next season.”
Veteran midfielder Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero are both without a contract this summer, with City’s top scorer admitting he doesn’t know what the future holds beyond the current campaign.
Aguero has scored 256 goals for City since joining Atletico Madrid in 2011, but the 32-year-old has only made five Premier League appearances this season due to injury and a spell on the sidelines after contracting Covid-19.
In a short interview with YouTuber Ibai Llanos, Aguero said: “I am finishing my contract at the end of the season and I don’t know what to do yet. I have no idea.
“The first thing I want to do is play football, and at the end of the season we’ll see.
“I will continue to play until my body allows it. I hope I can continue for a few more years.”
City sidelined Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday as a 3-1 win saw them become the first Premier League side to win their first 10 games in a calendar year.
When asked if this was the most dominant team in his tenure at City, Guardiola reflected on the 2017-18 campaign when his side won the title with 100 points.
He said: “This season we are not going to reach 100 points. It was the best season, the numbers speak for themselves. Nobody made 100 points.
“Even the second league that we won with 98 points, we also played some amazing football matches. To win the Premier League you have to be consistent and so dominant.
“We’ve done this the last couple of months incredibly well but, like I said, in the spring nobody’s a champion.
“We won’t get the credit we deserve at the end of the season if we are champions. Otherwise it’s only a short part of the season.”