Pep Guardiola sends message after dropping Phil Foden and Jack Grealish in City win at Newcastle

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he keeps a close eye on players during the festive season and those who do not behave properly off the field will be dropped.

Jack Grealish and Phil Foden played in City’s 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United in midweek but both were unused substitutes in the 4-0 victory at Newcastle United, with Guardiola saying the decision to drop them was not to keep the squad fresh.

The Telegraph published a picture of the England duo on a night out after the Leeds game.

“No, not rotation,” Guardiola said. “I decided on this team because they deserved to play … and not the other ones.

“At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when off the pitch isn’t proper, they’re not going to play.

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“We have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens – you have to still be focused,” Guardiola added.

The Premier League leaders next play Leicester City on 26 December.

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