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Jack Grealish: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola backs midfielder to bounce back

Written by on May 26, 2024

Guardiola has already said he is committed to the final year of his City contract.

He does have issues to address this summer though, even after a season in which his side became the first team in English football history to win four league titles in a row.

At 32, Kevin de Bruyne has one year left on his current deal but, not for the first time this season, looked a shadow of his usual self against United and was replaced after less than an hour.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is likely to leave the club this summer after his disastrous loan move to West Ham.

There are also question marks over first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, who has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, and understudy Stefan Ortega, who was at fault for the opening goal against United and also has a contract that expires in 2025.

City paid Wolves £53m for midfielder Matheus Nunes in September but he started just seven Premier League games, only one since February, and like Grealish remained on the bench as the campaign reached its climax.

“I know some players have to take a decision on whether they stay with us and some players might come,” said Guardiola.

“My sporting director says everything is fine for next year but right now, I don’t know what might happen.”

There is likely to be one significant addition to the squad next season in the form of 20-year-old wide-man Savio.

The Brazilian has been outstanding in Girona’s amazing La Liga campaign, which has qualified them for the expanded Champions League.

He was already on loan from another City Football Group club, Troyes, and his switch to Manchester is expected to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

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