Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he requirements time to overhaul his squad and turn them into Premier League title contenders.
Ahead of hosting Swansea City on Sunday, Guardiola’s team are fifth within the table plus a distant 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
City have several players more than the age of 30, like the likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva, in their squad.
Guardiola stated it would take time for him to create the vital adjustments, unwilling to be drastic in his strategy.
“It can’t be feasible to change it overnight. It’s not possible,” he told a news conference.
“Every player fees ￡45-50million so it’s impossible to accomplish that. Another thing is it is not very good to modify seven, eight, nine players for seven, eight, nine players.
“Firstly, it’s not achievable and also the other issue is it is not great.”
Guardiola talked up the importance of his veterans, nevertheless, saying they were important for the spirit at the club.
But the Spaniard also warned transform was coming, saying: “We realise we’ve got loads of players over 30.
“For instance, the full-backs are 31-32, however they are so important so we can’t adjust certainly almost everything in 1 season. They’re the basis.
“I can recognize how significant Yaya is now, how important Kolarov is, the character of Pablo inside the locker room and the difficulties he played with against Barcelona.
“In the end, the heart and soul with the team will be the old players, the people who know the club. Sooner or later, the process is going to change.”