Pep Guardiola denies Manchester City contract break clause

City boss reiterates there will be no new signings in January amid links to Bournemouth's Nathan Ake

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has denied there is a break clause in his Manchester City contract which would allow him to leave at the end of the season.

The Spaniard signed a contract last year keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, but reports had suggested that the deal included an option which allowed Guardiola to depart 12 months early.

But Guardiola said: "No, it is not true. I spoke about that one week ago, about my intentions with the club."

Guardiola has also reiterated that City will not be making any January signings - despite rumoured interest in Nathan Ake of Bournemouth.

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"We don't speak about that. The players we started the season with, we are going to finish with," Guardiola added.

"If something happens, I think it will be in summer time."

City will be without Sergio Aguero and John Stones for Sunday's Premier League game with Arsenal, live on Sky Sports Premier League, while David Silva is doubtful.

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"(Stones) has a muscular injury," said Guardiola. "I don't know how long. (Aguero) still hasn't trained with the team.

"(Silva) couldn't train yesterday or today but tomorrow we will see.

"It was a kick in the leg that was painful."

It has also emerged that the City squad did not attend the club's staff Christmas party in Manchester city centre on Thursday evening.

Guardiola said: "We played Wednesday [in the Champions League] and we got late back to Manchester, and people were tired.

"We have a game in two or three days.

"Myself and the players preferred to be at home with the families."

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