| 13.2°C Dublin

Pep Guardiola jokes: Man City trio to be fined for night out without inviting me

Guardiola has also played down any sense of urgency over a need to resolve his long-term future.

Close

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no issues with his players going on a night out at the weekend (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no issues with his players going on a night out at the weekend (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no issues with his players going on a night out at the weekend (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Pep Guardiola has made light of a video featuring Jack Grealish and some of his Manchester City team-mates on a night out.

Footage of Grealish, the club’s record signing, apparently being refused entry to a Manchester city centre bar on Sunday night has emerged on social media.

In a short clip which also features fellow squad members Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker, Grealish is then led away by a colleague.

I’m so upset – because they didn’t invite me!Pep Guardiola

This comes after Grealish, 26, was disciplined along with team-mate Phil Foden in December for reporting for training in an unfit state following a night out.

On this occasion, however, it is understood the club are not concerned as no rules or curfews were broken. Manager Guardiola even joked about the issue at a press conference on Tuesday.

Guardiola said: “I’m so upset – because they didn’t invite me! I don’t like it. Hopefully next time they can invite me and do the dinner correctly at 8 o’clock.

“The video didn’t show exactly what happened – dinner together, sober, enjoying (time) with their mates and some of the backroom staff.

Close

Guardiola (right) has no issues with Grealish (left) over the night out (Richard Sellers/PA)

Guardiola (right) has no issues with Grealish (left) over the night out (Richard Sellers/PA)

Guardiola (right) has no issues with Grealish (left) over the night out (Richard Sellers/PA)

“The players know there is a risk when they go out today because of social media but all of them – Riyad, Kyle, Ally (Marland, staff), Jack were perfect. But they will be fined because they didn’t invite me!”

Asked if he was frustrated by how the video portrayed the players, who all started in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Fulham, Guardiola said: “In this case, yes.”

Guardiola has also played down any sense of urgency over a need to resolve his long-term future.

There have been reports the Spaniard is prepared to extend a contract that is due to expire at the end of next season.

Close

Guardiola’s successes with City include three Premier League titles (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola’s successes with City include three Premier League titles (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola’s successes with City include three Premier League titles (Martin Rickett/PA)

Yet the 51-year-old, who has won eight major trophies in six years with City, insists there is no rush and the matter is not an immediate priority.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

He said: “It is as good as this because we won a lot and are winning a lot, that is why it is good. Otherwise I would not be here after six seasons.

“After one, two, three, four, five years it depends on the results and the results were good, that is why we continue.

“Still I have one-and-a-half years’ contract. It is a lot of time in world football. We see how managers were sacked this season, not just in England but everywhere. That is why I am just thinking in the next game, the next period.”

Close

Gabriel Jesus is currently out injured (Tim Goode/PA)

Gabriel Jesus is currently out injured (Tim Goode/PA)

Gabriel Jesus is currently out injured (Tim Goode/PA)

City’s next game sees the Premier League leaders host Brentford on Wednesday.

Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus will again be missing with the injury sustained on international duty recently, but Guardiola has revealed the problem is not serious.

“Soon he will be ready,” he said. “I spoke with him this morning and he feels good but still is not perfect. He has a bit of a niggle, muscular. We just have to be careful, be alert.”

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Privacy