Pep Guardiola: 'Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero will stay at Manchester City'

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"They are players for Manchester City and will be at Manchester City next season".

Manager Guardiola revealed the news in his post-match press conference after City's 5-0 thrashing of Watford on Sunday, while Aguero also told reporters he would stay at the Sky Blues as he got on the team bus. They are safe from relegation, but will be looking to put up a strong show at Vicarage Road. If at times he made it look too easy, that's because it probably was.

Midfielders Fabian Delph (leg) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee), and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (calf) are out while right-back Pablo Zabaleta makes his final appearance for the club.

So it was no surprise that City dominated and might have been ahead after only 50 seconds when Leroy Sane's chip was chested off the line by Jose Holebas.

Aguero's second of the game made him the fifth player to score 20 times in three consecutive Premier League seasons after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Harry Kane.

Guardiola still faces issues with his defence, which was evident when they failed to maintain a clean sheet against West Brom even as only three minutes remained on the clock.

Watford are without suspended centre-back Sebastian Prodl after his midweek red card at Chelsea. I'm very exhausted now and need to relax.

Furthermore, Stefano Okaka could start in this game after coming off the bench to score at Stamford Bridge. They almost missed a goal as Stefano Okaka battered his way past Fernandinho and shot hard for the top far corner only for Willy Caballero to bring off a fine diving save.

Carvalho, a Portugal global, has been heavily linked with City over the years and has regularly been tipped as the ideal replacement for Yaya Toure, whose contract is up at the end of the season, while he has also attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and West Brom.

Kompany added that the Premier League has been extra competitive this season and City have in fact done well, considering how Arsenal and sixth-placed Manchester United have struggled to secure a spot in Europe's elite club competition.

The Hornets have lost all seven matches this season against teams in the current top four, conceding 23 goals in the process. But there have been rumours of a summer exit throughout this season after the arrival of Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus.

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However, the City boss has insisted that both Aguero and Kompany will be part of his squad next season. "Before referees arrive to see a situation, the players are much, much faster that's why they need technology".

Guardiola confident of a victory?

Manchester City's Gael Clichy in action with Watford's Nordin Amrabat.

By his own admission, Pep Guardiola is lucky not to be following Mazzarri into the ranks of the unemployed.

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