Pep Guardiola insists Alexis Sanchez transfer talk will not derail Manchester City’s title tilt

Pep Guardiola insists he will not allow speculation over Alexis Sanchez to derail Manchester City’s title bid.

City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and on course for their first title under Guardiola.

The Blues were convinced they had a free run at Arsenal star Sanchez this month, until local rivals Manchester United tried to gazump them by bidding for him.

Guardiola remained tight-lipped on the particulars of the Sanchez situation but said he would not allow anything to distract his players from pushing on for the title.

Manchester City are clear at the top
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“They have two choices,” said Guardiola, when asked about the speculation surrounding Sanchez.

“Follow what you say or follow me. Hopefully i’ll convince them to follow football on the pitch.

“I don’t answer [on Sanchez]. I understand the question. You do your job, you know my answer.

“I’m focused on Liverpool, we have to choose which thing to focus on and I want to focus on what we are doing on the field.

Pep Guardiola embraces with Alexis Sanchez
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“I would not like my players to listen, see and read the manager talking about other things, the important thing is what happens for 90 minutes on the pitch.”

“I understand the question [on Sanchez] but Sunday is Liverpool.

“I want to focus on that. everyone knows the quality of Alexis – but it’s Liverpool. I’m sorry i can’t answer about Alexis and other players.”

City skipper Vincent Kompany remans sidelined but forward Gabriel Jesus, who suffered ligament damage on New Year’s Eve, will be back in “two to three weeks” according to Guardiola.

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