“In Manchester, everyone is satisifed with Pep.”
Those are the words of Manchester City great Uwe Rösler, who was quoted by SPORT BILD in a lengthy article covering Pep Guardiola and City.
Trailing the league leaders by over 10 points in the middle of the season would cause an earthquake at Bayern Munich, but at Manchester City ‘the clock ticks differently’, writes Michael Reis, the author of this feature, and Guardiola still has the full support of the City hierarchy.
Even during the worst run of form this season, the unwavering faith in Guardiola was never tested at Manchester City. Club staff and fans alike believe in the 46-year-old and according to SPORT BILD, City bosses will prove that by handing Pep a further €200 million to invest this coming summer.
Around €181 million was spent last summer to bring in the likes of İlkay Gündoğan, Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and John Stones, but that was only part one of Pep’s revolution. With a host of big names on considerable salaries out of contract in June, the squad will be trimmed, allowing Guardiola to truly build a squad in his image – and one that can respond to his style of play.
Targets mentioned by SPORT BILD are familiar and may be pure speculation based on recent rumours, with Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich) Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal), José Gayá (Valencia) and Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) listed. The story also says that Pep can expect high-level talents from within soon, as Manchester City’s heavy investment and development of the academy starting to pay off. An incredible array of talent is emerging in the youth ranks at every age group, including the likes of Jadon Sancho, Brahim Díaz and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Rösler said, “It is clear that one of the richest clubs in the world are providing the best coach in the world with the means to permanently establish themselves at the top,” and added that he has simply needed time to implement his philosophy at the club, citing the Spurs game as an example of how things are beginning to click.
Next summer could be one of the busiest and most eventful in Manchester City history. The squad promises to look much different and more in line with what Pep wants by the time the 2017-18 season kicks off.