Pep Guardiola reveals what he told unhappy Manchester City players

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he always wants to see his players happy.

He also revealed he told his Manchester City players that if they ever feel unhappy at Manchester City, they can leave the club.

Manchester City forwards Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are expected to be sold this summer.

They both have one year left on their contracts and are worried with the amount of game-time they will get next season at the club following the arrival of Erling Haaland.

Jesus is heading to Arsenal while Sterling looks set to join Chelsea.

And they could be followed by defensive duo Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while midfielder Bernardo Silva would like a move to Spain.

City boss Guardiola said: “The most complicated thing to manage in a team is the players who do not play and to keep them happy.

“There’s no solution — that’s why good players leave their teams, because they want to play.

“I cannot retain a player who does not play just because he has a contract.

“I told my players I want to see them happy. We’ve known each other a long time and if anyone is unhappy, they have to leave.”

Just like Sterling, Chelsea are also interested in signing Nathan Ake and Zinchenko.

And back-up keeper Zack Steffen, 27, will link up with Middlesbrough on a season-long loan. The USA No 1 wants regular football ahead of the World Cup.

Pep added: “We tell some players they will not play and they feel you don’t love them.

“That is the hardest because in this life, everything we do is to feel loved.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola believes Bernardo Silva will remain a Manchester City player next season amid reported interest from Barcelona.

“As of today, in my opinion, I think Bernardo Silva will continue with Man City next season,” Guardiola said.

“Our goal, as a club, is for him to stay with us. This is our intention, although I don’t like to keep players at Man City that are unhappy.”