Pep Guardiola insists he WON’T sign a new deal just to attract star names to Manchester City.
As Mirror Sport revealed last Sunday, the champions – 22 points behind leaders Liverpool – are ready to cash in on several big-money players.
Guardiola has just 12 months left on his contract after this summer – and City are pushing the 49-year-old Catalan to extend his stay beyond five seasons.
But doubts about his future beyond 2021 could become a big stumbling block as sporting director Txiki Begiristain attempts to sell potential new signings a long-term vision for the club.
Guardiola said: “I don’t know that the only reason players come here is because I am here.
“I’d say we have been in contact with others who didn’t come when I was actually here.

I want Stones to play for England - Guardiola

Pep Guardiola insists he won't sign a new deal just to attract star names to Man City 

“The club is big enough and good enough to be attractive for players who want to play in the way we do.
“Maybe they watch TV and see us and or have played against them.
“They will also still want to come because of economic reasons – or because they want to play for City.
“Man City is not a bad solution for players.”
Guardiola added: “I am here because the club was stable and moving forward before I came.
“Roberto Mancini won the title, and also Manuel Pellegrini – and the football they were playing then was really good.
“I’m not the reason why players come. The club is good enough and we need players to believe they can help us.
“We want to maintain the levels we’ve had over the past seasons and so the club has to be good to convince players and agents.”
City will lose out-of-contract pair David Silva and Claudio Bravo in the summer, while Leroy Sane will be sold if he continues to stall on signing a new deal.
Angelino is unlikely to return to Guardiola’s thinking after being loaned out to RB Leipzig.
And John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Joao Cancelo and Nicolas Otamendi must all prove themselves in the coming months if they want to be part of City’s response to Liverpool’s charge to the title next season.
Guardiola confirmed there will be big changes if the season is deemed to be a failure.
He said: “Of course we have to do something because David is leaving and in some positions we are going to do things.
“But I don’t know how many or how much because there are still two or three months left - and that time can change a lot of things.

Guardiola has just 12 months left on his contract after this summer 

“There are incredible things still to fight for. We are in a cup final, we have the FA Cup, we must try to finish second and two big games against Real Madrid.
“This group of players has done something unique. They have won the last six domestic titles here in England.
“I admire them and I suffer with them when they are not able to get what they deserve to get.

“But if it is not enough then we will have to think about what we miss.
“There has been an incredible level from our opponent, but we have also dropped points we should not have dropped.”