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Pep Guardiola will target more 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, no doubt,” Guardiola said.

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

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

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

City have come to the brink of the title despite a relatively small team dealing with injuries. Kyle Walker and John Stones have been ruled out for the final week of the season, while Ruben Dias has also been injured.

They also have a number of players approaching the final year of their contracts, 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 can happen.

“They always have to look ahead, to see who is the next coach or staff, or if five players are leaving, who would be the next five new players, or which academy players can be a part of it like Phil Foden. These things have to be constantly considered.

“You can never say that you have a young team that can stay together for five years. It doesn’t happen… When you have an incredible squad with a high level, the players want to play and be happy”.

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

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

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

“Sometimes the other team is better or you don’t play well but the plan is to play as well as possible.

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

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

By Mike McGrath.

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