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Pep Guardiola will be targeting new signings following the arrival of Erling Haaland and wants players with the mindset for an era of Premier League dominance.

Manchester City are actively looking for reinforcements this summer, with a defensive midfielder to replace Fernandinho one of the priorities after closing the £51m deal for striker Haaland.

Given their goal difference over Liverpool, Guardiola’s side are effectively one win away from their fourth title in five seasons.

“There are a lot of amazing players around the world who could fit in and play here, without a doubt,” Guardiola said.

“When you arrive, you want to see what you have and these players can stay. But of course there are many players who could play here for sure. The world is so big, a billion talented teams and players.

“As long as they are good players with that special mentality of wanting to win again and again. Every day and not satisfied. The demands in England and other top countries, they have to deal with the mentality. It’s the head, not the feet. The most important thing is to find it.

“Of course the standards are so high at City and other big clubs, you have to adapt or you can’t be here. There is no secret about it.”

City came close to winning the title despite a relatively small squad that had to deal with injuries. Kyle Walker and John Stones were ruled out from the final week of the season, while Ruben Dias was also injured.

They also have a number of players approaching the final year of their contract, including Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

“The club has a duty – not me, the club – and I know they are working on it and always thinking,” Guardiola said.

“I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but they always have a plan to see what might happen.

“They always have to look ahead, to see who is the next manager or staff, or if five players leave, who would be the next five new players, or which players from the academy can join like Phil Foden. These things must be constantly considered.

“You can never say you have a young cast that can stick together for five years. That doesn’t happen… When you have an amazing, top-notch squad, players want to play and be happy.”

City would be close to the title with victory at West Ham today, where they could also approach a century of Premier League goals this season (they currently stand at 94).

Guardiola says he would never try to protect an advantage in a match.

“The best way to protect a 2-0 lead is to continue what you did to get that lead,” he said.

“Sometimes the other team is better or you don’t play well, but the plan is to play your best.

“The feeling this season is that we’ve had better deep runners and we’ve come to the area with more people. I think we’ve learned that and we have to keep learning to do it. But respect the opponent because it is the best way. If you can score goals, you have to, because the opponent will.

“The most important thing is to win the Premier League, not the number of goals. If we score 99 goals and win the championship, it’s still good.”

By Mike McGrath.

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