Guardiola expects him to remain at the club for next season.
"We feel alone and that's why Iunderstand completely his position".
"We know how important that (derby) is going to be".
Guardiola's men need to bag in all three points to be able to leapfrog title rivals Liverpool and move to the top of the table.
With the Belgium worldwide set to miss the game against city rivals Manchester United on Wednesday, The Times have reported that the midfielder may have in fact played his last Premier League game of this season.
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A week ago, the six-man shortlist was revealed as containing two Reds stars, Van Dijk and Sadio Mane, though it was the Liverpool No. 4 who was thought to be favourite along with ex-Red and current Man City forward, Raheem Sterling.
"Wins are hard in the Premier League, but we'll get back into our routine and if everyone does the right thing and this team prepares well we always have a big chance to produce a good performance".
Guardiola added: "We have four games left and we have to win all four to retain the title".
"Three wins", the Belgium worldwide told Sky Sports. "It's a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special games and the players do their best for the fans the club". "That's how we should apologise to the fans, jut to give everything for us, for the club, for the shirt, for the teammates and for ourselves as well because it is on the pitch and can not perform like we did", he said. "In the second half we were there to score goals".
"The players Manchester City had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal", said Guardiola. Ordinarily City would be expected to beat their final three opponents - Burnley, Leicester and Brighton - and likewise Liverpool should be confident against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves. "Every game is completely different", he said.