Khaldoon Al Mubarak indicated that Manchester City will allow both Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola to decide their own futures at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s record goalscorer and most successful manager in their history are out of contract next summer, with the club undergoing a period of change after the departures of Vincent Kompany and David Silva in consecutive seasons.
Whether that accelerates next year is dependent on decisions taken by Aguero and Guardiola, according to the chairman.
‘Vincent left when he felt it was right for him to leave and the same thing with David. Sergio is going to be the same whether that is this year or the year after,’ Al Mubarak said.
‘It will play out in a comfortable way whatever Sergio decides. Pep is a similar answer. This conversation with Pep is a natural conversation.
‘Pep and I have a very clear understanding about what is right for the club and what is not. We have a clear alignment in terms of where we see the future and what we want in terms of success.
‘It will work out in the best way for Pep, for me and for the club. I’m very comfortable about that.’
Al Mubarak has expressed disappointment at the 18-point gap to Liverpool in the Premier League, although has not openly criticised Guardiola for the shock Champions League elimination by Lyon.
The squad is going through a period of transition, with Aguero the last of the old guard remaining from previous managers.
Al Mubarak added: ‘To have players like David and Sergio essentially commit 10 years of their lives to the club tells me we have it right. They are part of the DNA of the club now.’