“Selling Sterling, Zinchenko and Jesus good for Manchester City”

Manchester City Burnley
Photo: Getty images

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed Manchester City director Txiki Begiristain told him selling Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko is good for Manchester City and also the buying clubs.

Guardiola also admitted that he was happy for all three of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko to stay at the club. 

“No [the outgoings weren’t guaranteed] because I was incredibly happy with Gabriel, Oleks and Raheem,” Guardiola said.

“If they stayed longer there would be no problem. They proved last year how good they are.

“But sometimes the players want more, and the club feel it is the right moment to do it. But the most important thing is they leave happy with the club and what they have done.

“Normally when you talk about transfers in Spain, Germany, England it is 10 per cent more. It happens and we know it. It happens because they are really good. They are the best ages and their best years are maybe coming now. That’s why they have a value in the market.

“Chelsea and Arsenal have paid the money that is fair. And the discussions were perfect, Txiki [Begiristain] told me. Good for both sides and really friendly.”

Guardiola added: “This summer we have bought some exceptional people. And the rest we know each other. And we are sad because Raheem, Gabriel and Oleks were incredibly beloved. Since I arrived in Manchester, the chemistry has been incredible. It makes things good for me.”