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Pep Guardiola rumours don't affect Manchester City players - Caballero

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero says his teammates are unaffected by the rumours that Pep Guardiola is set to become the club's new manager.

Guardiola, 45, has been strongly linked with a move to the Etihad since confirming he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the Bundesliga season, with the Premier League his intended destination.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a one-year extension at the start of the season and Caballero insists the squad will be happy to see him stay.

"We listen to all the rumours but in a big team like this, it's normal," Caballero told reporters. "But all the players every season here, the pressure [on them] is very high. So we are doing our best every game and it doesn't matter about the rumours, they don't affect us.

"It's not easy to talk about Guardiola because he's not here. But if he stays here, all the players for sure wish to play under Manuel, every game."

Pellegrini has picked Caballero for all of City's domestic cup fixtures and the Argentine keeper is set to keep his place for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Aston Villa.

Pep Guardiola's looming presence over Manchester CIty is difficult to ignore.

City have already secured their place in the Capital One Cup final and Caballero now wants to make it two visits to Wembley.

He said: "It would be perfect to play in two cup competitions and win them both. The most important thing is the first step, and we have done that, we are in the first final. Now we need to win the next game.

"In Spain, I watched a lot of [English] cup finals. Always I decided that I wanted to play in a final, and this is my opportunity to play one and enjoy it. And the most important thing is to try to win."

Caballero has played at Wembley before -- making his City debut in the 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal in 2014. It was an unhappy start for the 34-year-old and he is determined to have a happy return to the national stadium.

"My first game for City was at Wembley against Arsenal and I have a bad memory about this game because we lost," Caballero said. "But I forgot this game and try to think about the new one now, this final. So I am very happy I have the chance to go back and change that."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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