Pep Guardiola wouldn't sell Kevin De Bruyne for £250m


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan's impact on the club has not just been down to his continued financial support but also smart decision-making in bringing success to the Etihad Stadium.

The former Genk midfielder signed a new six-year deal with City in January with a massive release clause, signalling the club's intent to retain their star man.

Guardiola, meanwhile, believes Premier League games could be taken overseas in the future if La Liga's plans to play games in the United States are successful.

City are now the fifth club in Europe to hit revenues of £500 million, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and United, who are due to release their latest figures this month. Jorge Valdano asked me if we would sell him for €250m and I said no.

Speaking at a press conference, the City boss said: "I don't know what his release clause is. And I said, "When there is trouble, he will be there".

"The important thing in that case is that we feel [Sterling] wants to stay and he knows we want him to stay longer".

The Englishman was crucial to City last season, scoring an impressive 18 goals in 33 appearances as the Citizens romped to the Premier League title with a record-breaking 100 points. And after that it is the club and Raheem's agent.

"I want to take this opportunity to say that I am incredibly proud of the fact that the fundamental character of this club and its supporters has not changed in the last decade".

Pep Guardiola has spoken of his desire to move into global management - but has ruled out the possibility of coaching Spain.

"He's very good and is a very dynamic player", Guardiola said.

"We can not compare, he's one of the most successful managers, he showed similar style and it's possible to play the way his team [do] in this competition".