Guardiola says future plans on hold

19 May 2017 11:47:07 EST

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says all future talks on players' contracts are on hold until the Premier League season is completed.

A place in the top four and Champions League qualification is the prize on offer for City on Sunday as the final league games of the season take place.

We have to work harder next season to reduce the gap.

Pep Guardiola

City currently sit third and a point away at Watford would be enough for Guardiola's team who also have a superior goal difference to fifth placed Arsenal.

Several players could be moving on from the Etihad Stadium in the summer but City's boss says any decisions will not be made until after Sunday's fixture.

At a press conference ahead of that game Guardiola said: "I spoke three days ago about the future. I'm not going to speak today. I know the question is going to come but forget about it.

"The day after tomorrow we have a real final. We have to focus on that. I will talk in the present."

He was more forthcoming about the side's failure to challenge Chelsea for the title this season and said there was much work to do in their bid to close the gap at the top.

"We didn't fight until the end because two teams were better. We dropped too many points at home. We will have to improve that," he added.

"We have to work harder next season to reduce the gap."

City are 1/7 to beat Watford. The home side, with Walter Mazzarri taking charge of his last game at Vicarage Road are 20/1 with the draw 17/2.

Guardiola will be without Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo and Ilkay Gundogan for Sunday's game though John Stones, who returned against West Brom in midweek, will be available.

City are 1/25 to win next season's Premier League with Chelsea 50/1 to win again.

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