Pep Guardiola does NOT see Chelsea as title rivals

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Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola does not see Chelsea as title rivals this season.

According to Agbonlahor, Pep Guardiola allowed England international Raheem Sterling join Chelsea because he only sees Liverpool as title rivals.

Chelsea finished 19 points off champions City last season, and Agbonlahor believes that Guardiola can cope without Sterling at the club next season.

“I think they will look at it and go ‘[Julian] Alvarez has come in now’, they have got [Jack] Grealish, [Phil] Foden, [Riyad] Mahrez, they have got so many options it makes sense to get some money in,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“Balance the books with the players you are bringing in, and it suits both parties.

“I don’t think Pep is the sort of manager that will be bothered about what is happening at other clubs, to make another club stronger. He will think ‘He has been an amazing player for me, but I have got so many options I still back myself to finish above Chelsea’.

“Or maybe they don’t see Chelsea as title rivals, maybe Manchester City only see Liverpool as rivals for the title because of how far Chelsea were off them. Maybe that comes into it as well.”