Five key Manchester City players are reportedly “unhappy” with manager Pep Guardiola and are willing to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Citizens are second in the Premier League, five points behind Arsenal, who have one game left.
The Gunners absolutely flew with former City assistant manager Mikel Arteta in charge.
City actually hosted Arteta’s side in the FA Cup on Friday night, giving them the opportunity to potentially gain a physiological boost over their rivals in the title race.
Guardiola has been a bit snappy in recent press conferences and is perhaps feeling the pressure with his side behind Arsenal.
And if what Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez said is true, at the moment the atmosphere at the Etihad doesn’t seem to be the best.
Continuing to talk The Chiringuito TV (through Sports witness), Alvarez said that Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva are “unhappy with Guardiola”.
Sniffing out a potential cheap deal, or five, Barcelona are said to be “interested”. What a blow.
Alvarez believes there will be “a major exit operation because there is a lot of wear and tear among the heavyweights in the locker room.”
The five players mentioned above “are unhappy and can’t stand the situation”.
Explaining the players’ individual situations, Alvarez says Cancelo’s relationship with Guardiola and his staff is “not the best” and the player wants to leave the club as a result.
Following summer interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Silva has “refused” multiple attempts to extend his contract with City.
It is said that “PSG are there” and ready to make a move to sign the Portuguese international.
Laporte’s situation is similar to Silva’s. The Spanish defender “is thinking more about a departure in June”, but City “want to talk about his renewal”.
Finally, Gundogan – whose contract expires at the end of the season – does not want to extend his stay in Manchester with negotiations for a summer transfer to Barcelona “quite advanced”.
City have “been trying to renew it for the past couple of years”, but an extension doesn’t seem likely at all.
There is nothing on Walker, who has seen his playing time reduced in recent weeks with young Rico Lewis thriving at right-back.
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