Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he isn’t disappointed with striker Ferran Torres set to join Spanish giants Barcelona.
Torres will join the Catalans after a deal worth £55m although Guardiola didn’t confirm the deal is done during his Thursday’s press conference.
“Absolutely not, I would be happy. I said many times, when he came to me, if you are not happy you have to leave. We are not a club like other teams when you want to leave and the CEO and president say no,” he responded when asked whether he would be disappointed if the player left.
“Another issue is the agreement with the clubs, and the players, it’s not my business. If the players want to leave they have to have an agreement with the club. If the club isn’t accepting the offer, you have to stay.”
“That’s why players have marvellous agents, they negotiate through the media, through underneath or using the weapons they have to do the deals. They have to do it. It’s not the case for Ferran. For everyone, if you want to leave because you’re not happy here, you believe you’ll be happy in another place, you have to go. Career is short, one day it’s over. If he wants to leave, absolutely no disappointment. It’s his desire, I’m happy for him.”
On signing Ferran’s replacement
“No, we won’t bring in a striker in January.
“It’s not done officially, I know they are negotiating, it’s close, that’s all. When the club announces it’s done.”
“We are not a club like other clubs when players want to leave and the owner says stay. If they want to leave because they feel they will be happier in another place, they have to go. I am happy for him.”
Ferran, who has made 43 appearances for City netting 16 goals while providing four assists signed for the England champions from Valencia in August last year.