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Istanbul Basaksehir fullback Clichy: Guardiola told me 'your career is behind you'

Istanbul Basaksehir fullback Gael Clichy has revealed the brutal words from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola he received last season.

The Frenchman left City along with fellow full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandr Kolarov and Bacary Sagna last summer as Guardiola overhauled his defence.

"Your career is behind you now," Guardiola told Clichy, the Frenchman revealed in an interview with the Guardian.

Guardiola went on: "But you have a duty, every day, every session, every behaviour you have; young players are looking up to you and even if you don't feel like a special player, you've done so many years in England, you've won trophies, you are somebody and those young players will look up to you and behave like you are behaving."

On working with Guardiola, Clichy added: "I am not saying he's the best, as other managers have had success with different methods, but he certainly shows you a different way of feeling and seeing football. It was a major shock."

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