Manchester City will lift the Premier League trophy following Sunday’s game against Huddersfield Town, but with so many records still up for grabs, there’s plenty of intrigue to be found on the pitch still.
For the third-to-last time this season, Pep Guardiola addressed the media at the City Football Academy on Friday to answer their questions.
City are champions and have only records to play for, but Pep says the target is still to “play good”.
“What we have to think about is winning another game when that happens we will break huge records. But the target is to play good. We are here for 10 months fighting every week to do this.”
Club captain Vincent Kompany will lift the trophy on Sunday and should be fit to play in the game preceding that event.
“He had a little problem but has had a perfect training session, so he is ready from the day after tomorrow.”
John Stones is also in contention after a lengthy injury.
“He’s training good this week.”
Ask about the standard of City’s training facilities, Guardiola had only good things to say.
“I think CFA facilities are the best in the world. We have everything. The English people here have accepted us who we are so thanks to them. It’s nice to work in a place where you feel comfortable. That’s important.”
The big news of the presser was Guardiola confirming that club legend Yaya Touré will leave at the end of the season when his contract expires. He also confirmed the Ivorian will get a send-off against Brighton and is likely to play in that game.
“Yaya is not going to stay next season. The Brighton game, we will focus on winning and Yaya. We are going to try and win the game for him.
“Yaya came here at the start of the journey. Where we are now is because of what he has done. He was a key player.”
Finally, Guardiola confirmed anew that Sergio Aguero is expected to be fit and ready to play at the World Cup.
“Yes, he’ll arrive OK. I have information from Dr Cugat in Barcelona, he’s recovering well and he’ll arrive OK.”
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