Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola has dismissed bizarre reports suggesting he is ready to leave Manchester City to join Juventus at the end of the season.
Reports in Italy claimed Guardiola had reached a verbal agreement to replace Max Allegri at Juve in the summer.
But, speaking after Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Watford, Guardiola said: ‘I don’t understand why someone says something on social media and everyone says it is happening, when they don’t try to call the club, my agent, Juventus.
‘I am sorry for Allegri. I have two years and it is impossible for me to move, unless I get sacked. I am not going to Juventus for the next two seasons.’
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s home win over Watford but Guardiola was not pleased with many aspects of his performance.
He told BT Sport: ‘He can do better… in the first half he could do better. Three goals is fantastic but first half he didn’t help us a lot defensively and he gave the ball away.’
On his team’s overall performance against Watford, Guardiola added: ‘It is the end part of the season so every game is important.
‘For three months we wait to be top of the league and now we have to try and win our games.
‘I am sorry if it (the first goal) is offside but we deserve to win. The opponent comes here with 11 players in the box.
Looks like I did well today 😅 ⚽️⚽️⚽️ lets keep it like that 🔥 #wearecity pic.twitter.com/ha2ooj3TBN
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) March 9, 2019
Otra muy importante victoria 🤟🏽💪🏽 Y felicitaciones @sterling7 por el triplete ⚽️⚽️⚽️//Another very important win 🤟🏽💪🏽 and congratulations, @sterling7 on the hat-trick ⚽⚽⚽. C’mon City! pic.twitter.com/4XXvuDs5Jk
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) March 9, 2019
‘Literally there is no spaces but we found it and we created a lot which is why we deserved to win.’
England forward Sterling, meanwhile, said: ‘It’s a massive win, it was difficult in the first half to break them down, they were compact and solid.
‘We got the slight luck we needed and kept going and pressing. In my head I am hoping and praying.
‘I don’t know what the issue was but I was hoping my goal didn’t get cancelled out! We got it and it kick started our game.’
Manchester City’s title rivals Liverpool face Burnley at home on Sunday.