When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016, he did not chop his words to Gael Clichy about his playing future. The French backpack had five seasons at Etihad after his move from Arsenal and he enjoyed all. Clichy ultimately used an extra season at City playing under the Spanish boss. But in the early 2016/17 season, he became aware of his standing with Guardiola, who repeated that his career was behind him.
"Your career is behind you now," Clichy revealed to the Guardian. Guardiola also told Clichy: "But you have a duty every day, every session, every behavior you have; young players look up to you and even at the time when you feel you are not a special player and this is all because of what you have been doing so many years in England You won the trophies, you are somebody, and the young players will look up to you and behave the way you do things."