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Guardiola denies existence of ‘break clause’ in his contract, rules out January signings

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has moved to deny reports of a ‘break clause’ in his contract, whilst also reiterating that the club will make no new additions in the January transfer window.

Reports have emerged this week that the club are making contingency plans for Guardiola’s potential departure as speculation surfaced that the Spaniard has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away at the end of the season should certain stipulations be met.

The Premier League champions have endured a difficult start to the season and the 48-year-old has shown growing signs of frustration in recent weeks, the club currently third in the division and 14 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.

However, Guardiola has moved to deny reports of the contract clause, admitting he has revealed his intentions to the club’s hierarchy surrounding his long-term future in the past few weeks.

“No, it’s not true. I spoke a few weeks ago about my intentions with the club.”

Man City have been strongly linked with making new additions during the upcoming window, with Bournemouth‘s Nathan Ake rumoured to be of interest to the club as they look to bolster their depleted defensive options.

Despite their struggles, Guardiola has ruled out the prospect of any new signings in January and says the club will instead look to the summer market to address the issues within their squad.

“The players we started the season with we are going to finish with,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “We will look in the summer.”

Ake’s future could be determined by the extent of a hamstring injury the defender picked up during last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool, with Chelsea also reported to hold an interest in the player.

The Dutch international was forced off with the problem, though Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has now revealed a positive update with the 24-year-old expected to return within six weeks.

“It was relatively good news on Nathan’s scan,” revealed Howe. “The trouble with hamstring injuries is it’s very difficult to give definitive timelines. I think we’re looking at about six weeks. That’s conservative. Nathan could come back sooner than that but I think six weeks is probably a fair timeline.”

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