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What Pep Guardiola Said To Gael Clichy When He Arrived In The City Is Too Harsh

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016, he did not chop his words to Gael Clichy about his playing future. The French backpack had five seasons at Etihad after his move from Arsenal and he enjoyed all. Clichy ultimately used an extra season at City playing under the Spanish boss. But in the early 2016/17 season, he became aware of his standing with Guardiola, who repeated that his career was behind him.

"Your career is behind you now," Clichy revealed to the Guardian. Guardiola also told Clichy: "But you have a duty every day, every session, every behavior you have; young players look up to you and even at the time when you feel you are not a special player and this is all because of what you have been doing so many years in England You won the trophies, you are somebody, and the young players will look up to you and behave the way you do things."

Despite the brutal exchange, “Clichy misses his time with Guardiola and says he is the closest thing to a football genius.“ "I was lucky for the last 12 months to work with Guardiola and you often think that someone “is a football genius“, but if someone is close, he is the one. I'm not saying he's the best, because other leaders have been successful with different methods, but he certainly shows you another way to feel and watch football. It was a big shock."

In the summer of 2017, Guardiola identified the fullback positions that required strengthening. He later drafted in Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker while reading Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabeta, Aleksandar Kolarov and the former Clichy. It ended Clichy's 14-year-old spell in England's top flight. He eventually secured a plane to Turkey's Super Lig by joining Istanbul Basaksehir.