Pep Guardiola has played down footage showing Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez on a night out in Manchester.
The video showing that Grealish had been refused entry into a Manchester bar for being ‘too drunk’ went viral on social media, but Guardiola insists his players’ behaviour was “perfect”.
Guardiola reprimanded Grealish and Foden when they were pictured on a night out after a 7-0 win over Leeds in December, but on this occasion, he insisted his players had done nothing wrong having been for dinner with members of his backroom staff.
“I’m so upset because they didn’t invite me and I don’t like it,” Guardiola joked during his press conference ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Brentford at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, February 9 2022.
“The video didn’t show exactly what happened. Dinner together, sober, enjoying with their mates and some of the backroom staff.
“But they will be fined because they didn’t invite me”
Guardiola also responded to reports as regards his contract extension after next season when it will expire.
The Spaniard has been at City for six seasons, and he looks set to win his fourth Premier League title, but insists he is not thinking beyond the end of his contract in the summer of 2023.
“It’s as good as this because we won a lot and we are winning a lot,” Guardiola started.
“Otherwise, I would not be here in front of you after six seasons, that’s for sure”
“I came because many people I met before convinced me to come and after, whether you stay for one, two, three or five years depends on the results.
“The results are good, the club and myself are comfortable that’s why we continue”
“I still have one year and a half on my contract. Its a lot of time in the world of football.
“We have seen how many managers were sacked this season, not just here in England but everywhere, so that’s why I’m just thinking in the next game and the next period.”
Looking ahead to the Brentford game, Guardiola expressed delight at Christian Erikssen’s return to soccer after a heart attack at Euro 2020.
“It’s great news” Guardiola said of the Brentford’s Danish attacking midfielder.
“He comes back to do what he loves and what he does exceptionally well.
“I’m pretty sure the doctors have taken all the measures to ensure he doesn’t suffer another situation like that.
“Fortunately, he can come back. It’s good news for him, his family, for Brentford. It will be nice to see him tomorrow.”