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Pep Guardiola talks Manchester City transfer plans, Joe Hart situation

"No more signings", says Pep, but a few players will be leaving

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Manchester City have had a very busy summer in the transfer window ever since Pep Guardiola arrived at the club, but with a week of business left, the Catalan coach is done with buying players.

Guardiola has made nine summer signings (Gundogan, Bravo, Stones, Sané, Nolito, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Zinchenko, Rulli), and while not all of them have joined the first team, there are 30 players currently. Pep is not a fan of working with a large squad, and he is looking to offload quite a few players in order to reduce the roster into one he's comfortable with.

When asked about his transfer plans, Guardiola made it clear he doesn't plan to bring anyone else in, and he does want to see some players leaving:

“No chance. It’s enough. We have 30 players, so it’s enough. I’m so happy with the squad and the team. I’m so confident and I trust a lot in them.

“We’re working on [selling players]. Some of them, we have taken a decision on and they know that and their [agents] know that. The other ones, maybe they will stay, maybe they are going. After West Ham we continue to speak to Tiki and we are going to see what the situation is for them.”

Source: MEN

The players most linked with a departure are Samir Nasri (linked with Besiktas), Wilfried Bony (linked with West Ham) and Eliaquim Mangala (close to Napoli), with Yaya Touré's future also in doubt.

The biggest departure of the summer, however, is goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is out of Guardiola's plans for the City squad. Pep was once again asked about Hart's status, and the manager wants what's best for Joe, regardless if it means the keeper is leaving or staying at City:

“Txiki said we spoke with Joe and spoke about that, we want the best for him. The club will help him find the best option. I will treat him like anyone if he stays, I will be fair. Until now he’s our player and that’s all.

“If Joe stays here with the other goalkeepers, he’ll be treated like the other players. For Willy, Angus and Joe, if they stay we will find the best solution for them and for us. They all need to play, the situation is not easy but we’ll find the best solution.”