Pep Guardiola will be well aware of the need to strengthen his defence in January.
Manchester City’s almost total inability to keep a clean sheet has been a major issue this season, and has helped Chelsea and Liverpool edge ahead of them in the title race in what was supposed to be unquestionably their season.
As Guardiola considers his defensive options, it seems more and more unlikely that some of the club’s veterans will be offered new deals.
That includes Bacary Sagna, who has admitted they haven’t even opened contract talks with him yet, despite there being just a matter of months left on his current deal.
The former Arsenal star revealed, via the Mirror:
“My contract expires at the end of the season. I am not thinking about it, though. I just take things as they come and try to give my all.
“There have been no negotiations as of yet, so I do not know what will happen.”
Sagna has made nine appearances for City so far this season, so it’s not as if he has no place in Guardiola’s plans. Going forward, however, that may change, as the Catalan is looking at players who can offer him a long-term solution – hence the acquisition of John Stones from Everton in the summer.