Vincent Kompany has played his final game for Manchester City, with the Premier League champions confirming that their captain is leaving the club.

The 33-year-old played a pivotal role in City winning an unprecedented domestic treble this season, making 24 appearances across all competitions and scoring one goal - a stunning long-range strike in the 1-0 win over Leicester City on May 6.

Kompany joined City in 2008, and went on to make 360 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League on four occasions, as well as lifting two FA Cups, four EFL Cups and two Community Shields.

But he has now called time on his City career, with the club announcing on Sunday - in the wake of their 6-0 FA Cup final triumph over Watford - that the Belgium international will not be signing a new contract.

In a statement released on City's website, Kompany said:  "As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out.

"I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club. I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.

"I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up."

Kompany joined City from Anderlecht in August 2008, 10 days before Sheikh Mansour's takeover of the club, and became an inspirational leader in a trophy laden-period for the club, despite suffering the debilitating effect of persistent calf injuries.

"There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany," said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

"He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad.

"A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him."

Kompany is set to take part in City's parade of their three major trophies in Manchester on Monday and a testimonial game will take place in his honour on September 11.

Vincent Kompany has played his final game for Manchester City, with the Premier League champions confirming that their captain is leaving the club.

Jadon Sancho said he hopes to win the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund next season amid links to the Premier League.

The 19-year-old winger, who arrived at Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, is reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United after a season in which he emerged as one of Europe's hottest talents.

Sancho scored 12 goals and tallied a league-leading 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances, while he impressed on his England debut to attract interest from abroad.

Dortmund's failure to pip Bayern Munich to the league title may yet prompt an increase in clubs plotting a swoop for Sancho's signature, but he indicated he would be staying at Signal-Iduna-Park in 2019-20.

"I'm really happy with how I played this season," Sancho told reporters after Dortmund's 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on the final day of the season, which was not enough as Bayern triumphed by two points.

"I never knew it was going to be like this. From the start I wasn't really playing often, but then I started playing often later in the season. It was all about hard work.

"The team helped me and the coach has faith me in me and I'm thankful. Next season we'll be targeting the win, not to come second."

One Dortmund player who is certain to leave the club is Christian Pulisic, who is heading to Chelsea after spending a season on loan ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge.

Sancho wished the United States international well, saying: "I'll miss [Pulisic] for sure.

"I'm happy for him and I wish him the best at Chelsea. I'm sure he's going to enjoy it there but I'm really going to miss him."

Kevin De Bruyne felt "blessed" to have bounced back from an injury-plagued season to score at Wembley and help Manchester City win the FA Cup, admitting his most recent absence left him mentally exhausted.

The Belgium international suffered successive knee ligament problems throughout a season in which City became the first English men's team to complete a domestic treble, winning the EFL Cup, the Premier League and the FA Cup.

It was during City's 1-0 victory over Tottenham on April 20 that he broke down again, but after netting the third of City's six goals against Watford in the FA Cup final he reflected with satisfaction on having bounced back to fitness.

"It feels a bit like an honour," De Bruyne told BBC Sport. "After the Tottenham injury, mentally I was done.

"Five injuries in a year is a lot. But after a couple of days I was ready to be back with the team and help them win the title and in the final game and this game.

"I feel somewhat blessed to end the season in this way and show everyone that I am still the same and hopefully next season will be better."

Bernardo Silva echoed De Bruyne's optimism regarding next season, expressing his belief that Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side can still improve.

Silva had a hand in two of City's goals against Watford as he put in a performance that capped off a fine season on a personal level.

Asked what the treble means to his team-mates, he said: "It's fantastic. It means you are the best in your country by far because you won all of the competitions, so yes, we're very happy with this season. 

"It doesn't matter if we win 1-0 or 5-0, there's always space for improvement.

"Next season we'll try to get better, to win even more titles, to control more the games, have more possession, create more chances, score more goals.

"We'll work on that."

Saturday's 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley made Manchester City the first men's team in history to complete a clean sweep of English football's major honours in the same season.

Raheem Sterling dispatched the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Chelsea after February's EFL Cup final at the same venue finished goalless, while City edged out Liverpool in an epic Premier League title race by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 last weekend.

Sterling and Gabriel Jesus then both scored twice on Saturday as City completed the treble, adding to a superb career body of work for manager Pep Guardiola.

But where does this City rank among the other finest teams since the Premier League rebrand of 1992-93 heralded the multi-million-pound era?

Five Omnisport writers have picked their sides.

Matt Dorman - Manchester United 1998-2001

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rode a wave of nostalgia in the early months of his return to Old Trafford and the hero of 1999 can be forgiven for indulging in past glories, such were the extraordinary feats he achieved alongside a squad of enviable depth and ability.

The now-United manager's last-gasp winner in the remarkable Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich two decades ago completed an unprecedented treble and serves as the centrepiece of an unforgettable era.

David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and brother Phil comprised the Class of 92 that blossomed late in the last millennium and delivered three straight Premier league titles, an FA Cup and that sought-after European crown.


Peter Hanson - Arsenal 2001-2004

History will ultimately show Arsene Wenger as a revolutionary who later failed to evolve. But boy, at their pomp Wenger's Arsenal were a dream to watch.

The pace and guile of Robert Pires, the lung-busting runs of Freddie Ljungberg, the colossus defending of Sol Campbell, the power and never-say-die attitude of Patrick Vieira, the endlessly talented Dennis Bergkamp and, last but not least, the world-class Thierry Henry, arguably the best we have ever seen in England's top flight.

The Gunners were an era-defining machine, grinding down opponents with their slick style and refusal to lay down their arms in any game. City's current vintage are a joy to watch, but for me Arsenal's 'Invincibles' remain the cream of the Premier League crop.

Liam Blackburn - Chelsea 2004-2006

City finished third in Guardiola's first trophyless season but there was no need for an adaptation period with Jose Mourinho, who immediately took English football by storm, leading the Blues to the 2004-05 title and ending a 50-year wait for a top-flight championship.

The foundations had been laid for Guardiola long before he came in but Mourinho had to swiftly find a winning formula with a squad overhauled since Roman Abramovich's takeover 12 months earlier - and the Portuguese built an all-conquering team that lost just one league game in his first season before retaining their title in the next.

Mourinho, who commanded the respect of big characters like Petr Cech, John Terry and Didier Drogba - succeeding where many future Chelsea managers failed, also reached two Champions League semi-finals only to bow out at the hands of Liverpool on each occasion thanks to Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' and a penalty shoot-out loss.


Joe Wright - Manchester United 2006-2009

Mourinho raised the bar with Chelsea between 2004 and 2006. Alex Ferguson went one better, with the finest United team he assembled.

They weren't treble-winners, but they conquered England, Europe and the world. Three league titles 2006-07 to 2008-09, an EFL Cup, a Champions League and a Club World Cup speak volumes about the strength of this squad.

The defence, in front of Edwin van der Sar, was the greatest Ferguson ever had. Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick controlled midfield; Owen Hargreaves did the rest. Ahead of them, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo were dazzlingly ruthless.

Jamie Smith - Manchester City 2017-2019

European success still eludes Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium but, judged solely on domestic performances over the last two years, City are the finest team of the Premier League era.

Their points totals say it all. City obliterated the competition in becoming the first team to reach 100 points last term and they almost matched that haul despite the phenomenal pressure exerted on them by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, winning 14 games in a row to retain the title.

The domestic treble had never been done by a men's team in England before and while Arsenal's Invincibles were an amazing side, they were not quite the relentless winning machine built by Guardiola.

Manchester City completed an unprecedented domestic treble with a 6-0 win over Watford in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Pep Guardiola's side were pushed all the way by Liverpool as they kept hold of a Premier League title they collected at a 100-point canter last time around.

Penalty shoot-out glory against Chelsea ensured the EFL Cup was retained before a relentless drive for the finish line, as Jurgen Klopp's men seldom gave an inch.

Raheem Sterling scooped the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, Sergio Aguero again showed an equal thirst for goalscoring in the big moments and Guardiola's lauded coaching abilities lifted players to new heights once more.

From John Stones' heart-in-mouth goal-line clearance against Liverpool to Vincent Kompany's screamer versus Leicester City earlier this month, the heroes and pivotal moments of the treble win have already been poured over.

But which players produced some of the more unsung contributions, without which all the pieces of the treble puzzle would not have fallen into place?

Laporte picks up useful habit at Wolves

In a season unforgiving of any slip-up, City might have been nursing a defeat in just their third Premier League match after Willy Boly – offside and handball claims, be damned – bundled Wolves ahead at a fervent Molineux. Aymeric Laporte has been a tower of elegant defensive strength for Guardiola this term, although his contributions at the other end have also been vital.

He powered in Ilkay Gundogan's free-kick to earn a 1-1 draw and the Frenchman's five goals in all competitions came away from home – a breakthrough at Everton in January every bit as important as when he gave City the lead at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

Zinchenko does not dwell on sinning against Saints

A triumph of his own bloody mindedness and Guardiola's hobby of turning ball-playing midfielders into serviceable full-backs, Oleksandr Zinchenko finished the campaign as City's first-choice on the left-hand side of defence. Back in late December, the 22-year-old had only started two Premier League matches in his makeshift role, not usually inspiring confidence, when his error allowed Southampton to draw level at St Mary's through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

City had entered the match 10 points behind Liverpool after a dismal December run, but Zinchenko responded to the setback to set up Sergio Aguero's game-sealing goal in a 3-1 win that preceded the seismic 2-1 victory over the Reds at the Etihad Stadium.

"Aleks was the best player on the pitch because after the mistake he never hid, he never said he didn't want the ball," Guardiola beamed. 

Two months later, Zinchenko was City's standout performer in the EFL Cup final as he completed eight tackles and made three interceptions – his warming to the defensive nitty-gritty meaning Benjamin Mendy's injury woes never became the issue they might have been.

Lung-bursting Bernardo

Injuries to Kevin De Bruyne meant Bernardo Silva became fundamental, excelling both in central midfield and on the right of attack. "Bernardo and 10 more" became a repeated Guardiola mantra, and the Portugal playmaker impressed just as much through tireless energy levels as with his velvet-footed creativity

Stones, Aguero and Leroy Sane provided the highlight reel moments in the win over Liverpool but three points would probably not have been achieved without Silva covering a scarcely credible 13.7 kilometres. Such lung-bursting efforts were a frequent feature and it is hard to think of a player in world football right now more attuned to Guardiola's demands than his first name on the teamsheet.

Ederson and Bernardo steady Welsh wobbles

It should be noted City's cup draws plotted relative paths of least resistance towards Wembley, although last season's FA Cup fifth-round loss to Wigan Athletic showed pitfalls can linger anywhere, even for English football's finely honed elite.

On an enjoyably wretched playing surface at Newport County, Ederson made a stunning save from Tyreeq Bakinson's back-post header with the game goalless. A 4-1 triumph booked a return to Wales at Swansea City, where one of City's worst displays of the season saw them deservedly 2-0 down at half-time.

Silva rifled in a brilliant finish to reduce the arrears before Aguero benefited from a penalty ricocheting in off Kristoffer Nordfeldt and a generous offside call. On a day when the treble bid lay in tatters, Guardiola's men had misplaced their poise but showed their mettle.

Foden lives out childhood dream

Tottenham were the last team City wanted to see on a balmy April afternoon, just three days on from suffering dramatic Champions League heartache at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino's side and VAR.

Phil Foden was not part of the side scarred by that setback and Guardiola opted to roll the dice and hand the 18-year-old midfielder a second Premier League start. Within five minutes he had repaid the faith by heading the only goal of a contest of attrition where City rode their luck.

Kompany's Leicester rocket two weeks later brought a 1-0 win that will be discussed for years to come, where Foden's greatest deeds for City probably reside. But a possible farewell salvo from a club great would not have been possible without the teenager.

Bournemouth have signed England Under-21 international Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for a reported £13million fee.

The 20-year-old made 32 appearances in the Championship in the 2018-19 season as City narrowly missed out on the play-offs.

A left-sided defender, Kelly - who was linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton - has agreed a long-term contract to join the Cherries.

"It's a fantastic club. The move has come around quite quickly, but I'm happy to be here and can't wait to start playing," he told Bournemouth’s official website.

"Premier League football is what I've always wanted to achieve. I want to play as many games as possible and I feel like this is the right place for me to try and do that."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is pleased to have added another young talent to his squad, following on from the arrivals of Dominic Solanke, Chris Mepham and David Brooks over the past year.

"Lloyd is an exciting talent and a player of real potential, while at the same time already possessing good experience for someone so young," Howe said.

"He is athletic, versatile, physically excellent and has a very bright future ahead of him.

"I’m delighted that we have been able to strike so early in the summer and look forward to working with Lloyd during the coming seasons."

Raheem Sterling revealed that criticism from former Liverpool players contributed to a lack of confidence in the aftermath of his £49million transfer to Manchester City.

The City winger, who was named PFA Young Player of the Year this season, shed light on moments when he doubted himself during his teenage years and credited Pep Guardiola with creating the "perfect" environment for him to fulfil his potential in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC.

Sterling was just 17 when he made his Premier League debut for Liverpool in a 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic in March 2012, but he said his rise to the very top of English football was not always plain sailing.

"When I was 14, 15, 16, 17, I was so confident. Then there was a gap between the ages of 17 and 20," said Sterling.

"I was so used to people talking positively about me in terms of football.

"Everything was so nice and there was a switch when I left and everyone was saying, 'He's no good'. I hadn't even played for Manchester City but people were saying I was not good enough; he will never be what he thinks he will.

"It wasn't just fans but professional players you looked up to, that you watched on TV when you were a kid. They were all Liverpool supporters and ex-Liverpool players and I get it now, but at the time it was a bit hard for me to take. It was a learning curve.

"You know what you are like, you know right from wrong and you know what you need to improve on. Everyone will have an opinion but I know where I want to go and what I need to do, so it is down to you to carry that out and not get caught up in hearing how good you are or how bad you are."

Sterling's 17 Premier League goals - one short of his tally in the previous season - were instrumental in City's run to the title and he was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, as well as being named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

He has become more potent since he left Liverpool, where his highest return in a single season was nine league goals in 2013-14.

The 24-year-old said the faith shown in him by Guardiola had a transformational effect on his career.

"Pep has been massive for me," said Sterling. "I have seen how he has set up teams in the past and as a young player coming through I thought this was the perfect place for me to come.

"The first season was a lot of pressure but it was not something I was going to hide away from. It was not something I was ever going to give up on even if it was a rough patch for me. I would go away at the end of the season, look where I went wrong and try to fix it.

"The manager helped me massively in terms of confidence and putting trust in me and being there for me. Since he has come in he has played me in 90 per cent of games and in massive games.

"The environment the manager has created is perfect. You have to earn that trust and earn the respect to be in the starting XI. There are no egos here. It is all about hard work and the ability does the talking."

Kevin De Bruyne said he has no sympathy for Liverpool following Manchester City's thrilling Premier League triumph.

City finished just a point ahead of rivals Liverpool as Pep Guardiola's side claimed back-to-back Premier League titles.

Liverpool collected 97 points from 38 games but it was still not enough to dethrone City as star midfielder De Bruyne revelled in the achievement.

"No," De Bruyne told The Guardian when asked if he had sympathy for Liverpool. "It's a remarkable effort but it means that we were just better than them in the end. I don't feel sorry for them because I don't think they'd feel sorry for us.

"I don't think anybody felt sorry about the way we went out of the Champions League [against Tottenham in the quarter-finals]."

De Bruyne added: "I know how they feel because you're going to feel disappointed. We'd feel the same if it happened to us. But we're still competitors. We want to win as much as they do but I can understand the feelings they have."

City – who won the EFL Cup earlier in the season – have the chance to secure the domestic treble when they face Watford in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

De Bruyne has endured an injury-ravaged campaign due to two separate knee issues and the Belgium international has never won the FA Cup.

"It would make up for it in a way," he says. "But obviously it's not been the most fun season. In another way I can't complain because I've been playing football for 10 or 11 years and not had many injuries in that regard. I've played almost 500 games in my career, so it's a lot."

"The first two were accidents," the 27-year-old continued. "It doesn't matter about a physio or whatever; they just happened. The first I twisted my ankle and it just went. The second the guy [Timothy Fosu-Mensah] just fell on my knee. If he falls 10cm next to me then nothing happens.

"I knew my body was not ready to cope with the physicality of all those games in a row. I've no doubt in my mind that after a good summer break and preparation everything will be fine. I'm fine. For me this season, mentally, has been over since the Tottenham game. It's good to be back with the team for the prizes, the Brighton and Hove Albion game and now the final."

Jose Mourinho said he cannot talk about former club Manchester United "in the same joy and freedom" as other clubs, while the Portuguese boss hopes to be back in management by July.

Mourinho was sacked by United in December following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left the Red Devils sixth in the Premier League and 19 points adrift.

The former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss departed Old Trafford amid reports of dressing-room unrest having seen his relationship with star Paul Pogba deteriorate.  

United failed to qualify for the Champions League despite an initial resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mourinho had a dig at the struggling club.

"It's difficult for me to talk about Manchester," Mourinho – who won the Europa League and EFL Cup following his arrival in 2016 – told RMC Sport. 

"I can't talk about them in the same joy and freedom as I talk about other clubs."

Since his United exit, Mourinho has been linked with French side Lyon, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and former club Inter in Serie A.

Mourinho has also emerged as a possible replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, who will leave Italian champions Juventus at the end of the season.

"I have a lot of qualities and one of them is to respect other clubs and their management," Mourinho added. "I have never spoken like 'this club wanted me, they contacted me'.

"When I left Manchester United in December, I immediately took the decision I want to work from summer. I hope to be back to work in July in a project I really like."

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed planned changes to club competitions, including the Champions League, will not harm European football.

Changes, including the introduction of a third European competition, are set to be introduced by UEFA after 2024, with a reformation of the Champions League also being discussed.

A proposal by Juventus chief executive Andrea Agnelli for 24 of the 32 Champions League teams to automatically retain their places in the competition has been met with strong opposition, as the new format would involve expanded eight-team groups, meaning fixtures would be played on weekends.

But Ceferin has promised UEFA will not play club competition matches that would disrupt domestic league fixtures.

"This was an important meeting with our member associations to get their views on how our club competitions should be designed in the future," Ceferin said after meeting the presidents and general secretaries of the 55 member associations of UEFA in Budapest.

"There were many different opinions expressed and we will feed these into our thinking on this issue.

"I was encouraged by the positive response to the consultation process and by the solidarity among associations.

"I was happy to repeat our commitment not to play UEFA club competition matches at weekends, with the exception of the Champions League Final.

"The consultation process is ongoing and we look forward to receiving the thoughts of other stakeholders directly, rather than having to piece them together from media statements.

"We will not decide anything without taking everyone's views into account.  We would never accept changes that would harm European football."

Pep Guardiola has no plans to allow Leroy Sane to leave Manchester City, as he aims to bolster the Premier League champions' squad in the off season.

Sane found himself on the fringes of City's team at times this season, with Guardiola often preferring Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the wide positions.

The Germany international has still amassed 46 appearances across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and providing 10 league assists.

However, Sane – who has two years remaining on his contract – has been linked with a move back to Germany, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich reportedly interested in the 23-year-old.

Guardiola, though, has refuted the suggestion he is open to selling Sane, confirming that City, who are aiming to secure a domestic treble by beating Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday, are well on with attempting to secure the winger down to a new deal.

"We are one-and-a-half years trying to sign his [new] contract. We want him," Guardiola told a news conference.

"If you want to extend his contract, it's because you want him. You're not going to extend his contract because you don't want him.

"It's like [Ilkay] Gundogan, for example – it's the same case.

"About the transfer window, the hypothetical incomings and outgoings, it's not the time. It's after the game and after the game I'm on holiday.

"He's competing with Sterling and Bernardo Silva. It's not easy. If you want to play in for competitions for the quadruple we need Leroy, Sterling, Riyad [Mahrez], Bernardo, we can't compete for the quadruple with just two wingers.

"They have to fight each other and play the best as possible to convince me to put them in the line-up."

Despite being unwilling to be drawn too much on City's plans for the transfer window, Guardiola acknowledged that he will be aiming to bring in players to freshen up his squad.

"Today is difficult with transfers because everything is so expensive, the agents as well are so expensive," Guardiola said.

"Sometimes it takes more time to buy a player because of the agent than the player from the other club. So today [transfers] are not easy but some movements we have to do for the next season, yes, because people want to leave, players want to play.

"They accept not playing for a period but when the period is long it's normal that they want to play more.

"I understand completely that when players don't play regularly they want to play more or that they're completely happy when they play regularly and their lives are really sad when they don't.

"I'm not going to say how many because it depends on many things."

One player who could well be leaving City is captain Vincent Kompany, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Kompany played a pivotal role in City's title win, scoring an outstanding goal in the 1-0 win over Leicester City, and Guardiola is hopeful that Saturday's clash at Wembley will not be the defender's final game for the Citizens, though suggested that the Belgian's fitness issues are a lingering concern.

"Hopefully not," Guardiola said when asked if Kompany would be leaving.

"We spoke with Vinny. We are going to speak after this game. But my words are unnecessary for what he has done over the last few weeks and his career.

"Vinny has shown again when he is fit what he is able to do. It is top. The problem is the period between November and February and March. We were losing quite often for that reason. When he is fit he is incredible.

"He doesn't have to show me his ability. He has it. He is incredibly good. He is good enough. It is just being fit. That is the only reason."

Pep Guardiola remains unsure if Manchester City can win an unprecedented quadruple but will strive to improve his Champions League record at the Etihad Stadium.

EFL Cup winners City were on course for four major trophies this season until they were eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after Raheem Sterling saw a stoppage-time strike ruled out following a VAR review in a dramatic second leg against Tottenham in April.

Guardiola's team have since held off the challenge of Liverpool to retain the Premier League title and can become the first English men's team to complete a domestic treble if they beat Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

The former Barcelona coach, who also got his hands on the Community Shield for the first time this season, is not convinced all four trophies could have been theirs, though.

Asked if he still thought the quadruple was impossible given how close his team went this season, Guardiola replied: "Yeah, the biggest one is far away.

"Always I thought after going out to Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals, if we'd go through would we have been able to beat Tottenham, go to Old Trafford, Burnley and win the points we needed to be champions against this Liverpool? Honestly, I don't know if we would have been able [to do it].

"Focusing on Ajax here, then going to Amsterdam to play in the beautiful city with Johan Cruyff's new generation there and maintain it [in the Premier League], with Tottenham at home, [Manchester] United, I don't know.

"It's incredibly difficult to win it [the quadruple] but we can win it [on Saturday] - the little quadruple. It's a big chance for us."

Guardiola twice led Barcelona to Champions League glory but was knocked out at the semi-final stage in three straight seasons at Bayern Munich.

The 48-year-old is yet to guide City beyond the quarter-finals and acknowledged he needs to work on his approach if he is to achieve further success in the competition, where he has seen Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller and Sergio Aguero miss crucial penalties during his coaching career.

"Of course, it's our dream to do it but I have to improve, I have to see what I can do better to do it. As a manager I'm not good enough in this club to maintain it," said Guardiola.

"In the same point it's a more difficult competition, except [Zinedine] Zidane who is a master in this competition.

"For all the other managers who stay 10-15 years, they don't win every season this competition. It's a tough competition.

"It's so tight. You go through or not go through. Leo [Messi] missed a penalty [in Barca's 2012 semi-final against Chelsea], Muller missed a penalty [in Bayern's 2016 semi-final against Atletico Madrid], Sergio missed a penalty [in this season's first leg against Spurs]; these kind of little details in the domestic leagues you get another chance.

"We cannot imagine what we would have done without [Aymeric] Laporte in this competition. He is the best signing we have done in the last four or five years - a young player, personality, he has everything. But against Tottenham, two balls and we conceded two goals and in that competition you are out.

"That's why it's so difficult, we have to accept it. We will work on I don't know what because we tried to do our best, but the Champions League is difficult and I can admit it. It's not the same level as we've achieved in the other competitions."

Former Juventus defender Antonello Cuccureddu is urging his old club to go after Manchester City's Pep Guardiola in their search for a new head coach, rather than reappoint Antonio Conte.

Juve are on the lookout for a new boss after confirming on Friday that Massimiliano Allegri will leave his position at the end of the season following five trophy-laden campaigns in Turin.

Allegri won the Serie A title in each of his seasons at the Allianz Stadium, but Juve exited the Coppa Italia and Champions League at the quarter-final stage this term and are now preparing for a new era.

Guardiola has been tipped to take over, despite ruling himself out of the running on Friday, while Conte - who lifted the Scudetto three times in a row with Juve before stepping down in 2014 - is another rumoured name in the frame.

Cuccureddu, who won eight trophies in 12 years with Juve during his playing days and returned to the club in 1989 as part of the coaching staff, believes Guardiola is the right man for the job.

"To avoid mistakes, I would take Guardiola, even if it costs a lot," he told Tuttomercatoweb. "I respect Conte, but I don't know if Juventus will be able to resume the relationship now, given the way in which he left.

"It is clear the agreement between [Allegri and Juve] was lacking and perhaps, looking at it from outside, the club could not satisfy the requests of the coach. 

"There was a lot of disappointment for how it went in the Champions League. After so many years at Juve, perhaps Allegri has had proposals from other clubs [and is] ready to sign up to an even more lucrative contract."

Ryan Babel and Jonas Lossl are among the first-team regulars that will leave Fulham and Huddersfield Town respectively as both clubs prepare for life in the Championship.

Netherlands forward Babel joined Fulham on a short-term deal in January, scoring five league goals in 16 appearances for the Cottagers.

He is not the only notable departure, however, with another former Liverpool player in Lazar Markovic also leaving after a disappointing spell at Craven Cottage, while Andre Schurrle, Calum Chambers, Sergio Rico, Luciano Vietto and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will return to their parent clubs following their loan deals.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, have released goalkeeper Lossl, along with Erik Durm, Danny Williams, Jack Payne and Laurent Depoitre.

The Terriers have confirmed they will take up an option to sign Isaac Mbenza permanently from Montpellier following his season-long loan.

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