The Barcelona legend, Xavi, who worked under the Blues boss at Camp Nou, believes further funds need to be invested at the Etihad Stadium. The World Cup winner is keeping a close eye on events at the Etihad Stadium. As Xavi had previously worked under Guardiola at Camp Nou, he is eager to see his former boss deliver more domestic and continental success. According to Xavi Manchester City need to continue backing Pep Guardiola in the transfer market. The Barca legend also thinks Man City needs three exceptional signings.
Manchester City ended the 2019-20 campaign with just a Carabao Cup success. The Premier League title was snatched away by Liverpool from the hands of Man City. The FA Cup being won by Arsenal and Man City suffered a disappointing quarter-final exit from the Champions League at the hands of Lyon.
Guardiola has already started the process of bolstering the Blues for next season challenges on multiple fronts. Deals for Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake have been tied up, with the promise of more to come.
Xavi thinks Man City have to add world-class talent to their ranks in order to compete for the biggest prizes on offer. After appealing the English heavyweights having been cleared to spend after seeing a two-year ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations were dropped.
Xavi Told the Daily Star on an interview:
“To not win one of the Premier League or Champions League will be a big disappointment for Pep – those are the two he would have wanted,” Xavi told the Daily Star of goings on at City.
“The Champions League even more so because Manchester City have never won it. They have some very good players, of course they do, but Pep needs to be supported in the transfer market this summer.”
“It is not that they need many players – just three exceptional ones. We know that will not come cheap, but I would like to see Pep given the money to rebuild.”
City are hopeful that the arrival of Ake will fill the void created by Vincent Kompany’s departure in the summer of 2019. Though Guardiola was against to bring in another centre-half when the iconic Belgian departed, but now has been forced to accept it.
He has also seen David Silva leave the Etihad this summer, after a 10-year spell in Manchester. Sergio Aguero, City’s all-time leading goal scorer is now 32 years of age and needs to be replaced in the near future after entering the final 12 months of his contract.
Xavi On Man City’s Squad:
“They have got to the stage that you see at all big clubs, where some very important players are coming to the end of their careers,” added Xavi.
“Kompany was one of the best central defenders in the world and there are maybe one or two defenders in the world that can replace him at his peak.
“For Silva it is the same. He is a once-in-a-generation player and it is going to cost big money to try and replace him. Aguero has one season left. How many strikers in Europe are there that will guarantee you 30 goals a season like he has for so long?”
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