Man City’s Pep Guardiola warns of Premier League player attack amid welfare concerns

City of Manchester Coach Pep Guardiola has said he believes Premier League players may have to threaten strikes if they want football’s governing bodies to take their welfare seriously.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson said he is concerned the health and safety of the players is being compromised by a busy fixed roster, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Premier League have announced their intentions press ahead with games in Christmas and the new year despite an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Although Guardiola supported Henderson’s comments, the City manager suggested that may not be enough to force changes, including increasing substitutions from three to five per game.

“It takes the players and the coaches to come together and make a strike; words alone won’t work out,” Guardiola told a news conference on Thursday.

“For FIFA, the Premier League, the broadcasters, their business is more important than their welfare. The simplest example is worldwide, they have five substitutions; here it is still three.

“Tell me an argument to take care of the welfare of the players more than this one.

“Okay, let’s not play anymore until that situation is resolved. Maybe then people will notice.

“I do not think [a strike would happen] Because we want to play, we want to continue. Make everyone happy to come to the stadium on 26, 27, 29, 31 [of December] and first [of January] and play games because we love to do it. I am not saying there is a reason to strike. But when people say World Cup, European Cup, Carabao Cup semi-final over two legs, FA Cup and Premier League; more games and more games and fewer days off.

“They need the days off. They need to rest for two or three weeks. And now we talk about the welfare of the players in that moment? No. That’s a problem.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola said Man City will not sign a new striker in January even if Ferran Torres leave Barcelona.

The Spain international close to moving to Camp Nou in a deal worth around £47m plus add-onsSources spoke to ESPN, and Guardiola said the club did not want to get in the way once he had made it clear that he wanted to leave.

“No, we won’t bring in a striker in January,” said Guardiola.

“I know they’re negotiating [with Barcelona for Torres]. I think it is close. Txiki [Begiristain] didn’t call me to text me to say it was done.

“I want the happiness of my players. I have said many times, if you are not happy, you have to leave. We are not a club like other clubs who want to leave. must leave.”

“The rest is the agreement between the clubs, this is not my business, if the clubs don’t agree then you have to stay.

“You want to leave because you believe you will be happier somewhere else, you have to go. If he wants to leave, I am absolutely not disappointed. If the clubs reach an agreement, I am happy for him. he.”

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Jake Nichol

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