Pep Guardiola drops Manchester City stars for 'off-field actions'

accreditation
Scroll through the mini-gallery to see the two sta
Scroll through the mini-gallery to see the two stars Pep Guardiola reportedly dropped due to their "off-field behaviour'
Phil Foden
Phil Foden
Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has seemingly sent his players a warning after reportedly dropping two stars for the team's 4-0 win over Newcastle United due to their off-field behaviour.  

The Spanish coach has earned a reputation for being a bit of a disciplinarian throughout his trophy-laden career as a manager, and showed this no-nonsense approach at Barcelona when he parted ways with Ronaldinho and Deco after they reportedly turned up for training while still intoxicated from the night before.   

Ahead of the Citizens' clash with the Magpies on Sunday, Guardiola seemingly had to lay down the law once again after Phil Foden and Jack Grealish turned up for training in a manner that was deemed not to be "the correct condition", according to the Daily Mail.  

The team had reportedly been given time off to unwind after their seven-goal victory over Leeds United last Tuesday, while the 50-year-old tactician went to Barcelona to attend Sergio Aguero's press conference in which the striker announced his retirement from professional football.  

However, the duo's condition was reportedly singled out by the club's backroom staff the next day, when Guardiola was not in attendance for training.  

Read: Aguero in line for one of four jobs?

After securing a comfortable win over the Tyneside club on Sunday, the head coach was asked about Foden and Grealish's omission from the starting line-up for the fixture, and he explained that their "behaviour” led to them missing out in what appeared to be a warning to the club's other players.

"Not rotation, no," he said, per Daily Mail. 

"I decided this team because they deserved to play – these guys and not the other ones. 

"At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch.  

"And when (behaviour) off the pitch is not proper, they are not going to play. 

"So we have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens – you still have to be focused."

Here are the 10 biggest earners in the Premier League

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - £510 00
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - £510 000 a week
3. David de Gea (Manchester United) - £375 000 a w
3. David de Gea (Manchester United) - £375 000 a week
10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - £290 000 a we
10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - £290 000 a week
5. Raphael Varane (Manchester United) - £340 000 a
5. Raphael Varane (Manchester United) - £340 000 a week
8. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - £300 000 a
8. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - £300 000 a week
6. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - £325 000 a week
6. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - £325 000 a week
9. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) - £290 000 a week
9. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) - £290 000 a week
4. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) - £350 000 a w
4. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) - £350 000 a week
7. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) - £300 000 a we
7. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) - £300 000 a week
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - £400 000 a
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - £400 000 a week