Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hopes to strengthen in ‘three or four’ positions

Pep Guardiola is eager by strikes for a holding midfielder and left-abet within the summertime

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes to enhance in “three or four positions” within the summertime.

The Premier League champions are in contention for a quadruple of trophies and Guardiola has veritably pointed to being overjoyed alongside with his squad alternatives.

But on Friday he informed journalists: “You know we are going to exercise a see at for a holding midfielder and other positions we are eager by.”

Guardiola, 48, also said he turned into wanting to enhance at left-abet.

Benjamin Mendy has endured two injury-ravaged seasons since becoming a member of City from Monaco, forcing Guardiola to make exercise of Fabian Delph, Oleksandr Zinchenko or Aymeric Laporte as makeshift alternatives within the place.

Mendy, 24, underwent knee surgical treatment and returned from over two months out to face Burton Albion within the Carabao Cup on 23 January however has no longer featured since.

He has finest started 16 Premier League games for City since his pass in 2017.

Guardiola said: “If it occurs in two seasons, it’ll happen in three, no doubt. Confidently no longer, we are going to work with that, however the real fact is we would possibly maybe perhaps maybe perhaps exercise him for a few games. That is the actuality.

“I do now not know what’s occurring to happen however we are eager by the risk to acquire any individual in that place.

“On the tip the strongest guys, on on daily foundation foundation, are there. That is the real fact. That is why we are seeking to acquire next season.

“There are three or four positions I reflect now we deserve to exercise a see at to perceive, and some tips now we dangle.”

‘Work to attain on Gundogan future’

Gundogan has scored 12 Premier League for City since becoming a member of in 2016

Guardiola has also revealed the membership tranquil dangle work to attain to staunch the long-term companies of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 28.

The German, whose present deal expires in 2020, has started 14 league games this season however is no longer an automatic starter.

“If he turned into 100 per cent then the deal would were completed, so we are tranquil in negotiations,” added the inclined Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.

“He’s an extremely crucial participant. He is aware of what we desire, he is aware of what we reflect about him, however the final decision is no longer in our hands.

“We try to communicate with him, we desire him to delay the contract comely now. But when he doesn’t deserve to, we are going to be able to’t attain the rest.”

Guardiola’s facet sit second within the Premier League – a degree within the abet of leaders Liverpool – and live in contention for an phenomenal quadruple having lifted the Carabao Cup at Wembley following a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea final Sunday.

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