Predicted line up for final Premier League game of the season
- Author: Stacy Allen May 12, 2018,
May 12, 2018, 7:35
However, Saints boast a surprisingly good record at him against the Manchester club, recording two wins and a draw in City's last five visits. The manager and all the staff told us they wanted it, they said: "'Let's break the records because it will be something special.' And it will be something that maybe in a few years we can still tell our kids and grandkids about".
"We all want him to stay as long as possible".
"The club, the chairman and myself, we all want him to stay a long time, renew his contract", said Guardiola.
With a victory over Southampton on the season's final day Sunday, City would become the first team with 100 points in a Premier League season. Now we are going to change some details, like Yaya (Toure) is leaving, but not too much.
The 23-year-old Portugal global said: "Yes, the manager and all the staff told us they wanted it, they said, "Let's break the records because it will be something special".
City clinched the Premier League title in dominating fashion this season, exiting Wednesday's match with a 20-point advantage over second-place Manchester United.
And Guardiola believes he is an ideal fit for the way City play. "One, maybe two [signings]".
Guardiola also branded Premier League rules that require a player to have made five appearances to qualify for a winner's medal as ridiculous, with young midfielders Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz now one short of that target. "My desire is it will not happen, but I don't know".
And Guardiola admits he may put the duo on the field at some stage just to make sure they qualify for the honours.
We'll keep you up to date with the very latest transfer news concerning your club in our daily gossip and rumours column. "They didn't play because of my decisions". We still have the 100-point target to play for, though the players have eased off the pace a little in the last couple of games and I can understand that.