Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are ready to give the go-ahead for the sale of Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony. Both players were left out of the squad that traveled to Sweden for a preseason friendly against Arsenal in Gothenburg yesterday. The two players look set for the exit at the Etihad Stadium with neither player’s services required by Guardiola ahead of the new season.
After the Blues’ 3-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Pep Guardiola confirmed that both players were not suffering from injuries. The new City boss went on to state that it was better that both players remained in Manchester to train and not in fact travel with the squad to Sweden.
“Now, at that moment, they are players for Manchester City,” he said. “Of course, until something happens they will be a player.”
“Same with Sagna, but Mangala came the last days and Bony, of course, would come because he made an excellent pre-season, but the problem was three strikers in the squad and to come and maybe don’t play, it’s better to stay there training, and that is the reason why.”
“Bony is a good man, and he trained excellent, so I don’t have complaints about him.”
It won’t only be Mangala and Bony’s future in doubt as Samir Nasri faces a busy few weeks ahead as he prepares to battle his fitness with the new season only a matter of days away. The French midfielder is also expected to depart the club with his attitude and personal life being questioned by the club’s hierarchy.