Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boss Knows Old Guard Need Injection of Young Blood

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boss Knows Old Guard Need Injection of Young Blood

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CITY manager Pep Guardiola admits he is conscious of the fact his squad are among the oldest in the Premier League and that he must start planning for the long-term future.

The Blues boss is still heavily reliant on key players well into their thirties and the need to lower the average age of the squad appears increasingly acute.

But while the Spaniard recognises he must look towards City's future, he is not willing to let some of the older players of the club's past go just yet.

"Last season it was the oldest team in the Premier League and this season it's one of the oldest," said Guardiola.

"Most of the players make the club exactly what they are in that moment, so a huge club in the Premier League, they helped to create the next step in Europe, and made people start to talk about Manchester City in different terms to how it was in the past. …

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