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Pep Guardiola: 'I have more power than ever as manager'

Guardiola: 'I have more power than ever'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola plays down the prospect of wholesale changes to his squad this summer, but hints that he will be involved in any deals made.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will be heavily involved in any changes made to the squad this summer.

Reports have suggested that the Spaniard will look to make wholesale changes at the end of the current campaign, with a number of first-team players in the last year of their contracts and others currently out on loan.

Guardiola confirmed that he will be looking to improve his squad, but played down the prospect of a mass overhaul and suggested that he will be involved alongside director of football Txiki Begiristain when it comes to recruiting new players.

"All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Even the team that wins the triple will still make changes, so a team that does not win the Champions League or gets to the final will make changes. I knew that," he told reporters.

"I met the big boss [owner] Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. We are thinking [of how] to get better.

"For players and managers, it depends on the results, but I want to be involved in that as much as possible, and to help my team to make the next step and I have more power than ever in my life as a manager. For me it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that."

Captain Vincent Kompany, in addition to the likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Wilfredo Caballero, are among the players linked with an exit this summer.

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Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on August 10, 2015
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4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
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18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
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