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Pep Guardiola 'disappointed' by Manchester City player absent for US tour, dismisses Neymar link as 'false' | Football News

Pep Guardiola says he is disappointed that Phil Foden, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan are not on Manchester City’s pre-season tour of the United States, saying their absence has given his team ‘belief’. He admitted that it was causing “a problem that cannot be dealt with.”

City are currently in Houston preparing to face Club America on Thursday before traveling to Green Bay for a game against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

However, England’s Foden and Stones and Germany’s Gundogan will miss the friendly because they failed to meet US entry requirements. Most travelers to the US are required to be fully vaccinated and this also prevented N’Golo Kante and Ruben His Loftus His Cheek from joining Chelsea’s pre-season trip.

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The trio have been training with City’s U-23 squad in Croatia and will join the senior squad when they return from the US, but Guardiola said his team’s inability to enjoy pre-season together is unlikely in the future. He states that he may be sacrificed when the Moon Games begin.

Asked if he was disappointed that Foden, Stones and Gundogan weren’t there, he said: “Yeah, a lot. We want them here.”

“Here’s the second season [2017/18], when we finished with 100 points, it was the only pre-season we were together from day one. I started the season with a problem. That’s why we drop a lot of points at the beginning of every season.

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  • Liverpool (North), Community Shield, Saturday 30 July, 5pm kick off
  • West Ham (A), Premier League, Sunday 7 August, 4.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports
  • Bournemouth (H), Premier League, Saturday 13 August, 3pm kick-off
  • Newcastle (A), Premier League, Sunday 21 August, 4.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports
  • Barcelona (A), friendly, Wednesday 24 August, 8.30pm kick-off
  • Crystal Palace (H), Premier League, Saturday 27 August, 3pm kick-off
  • Nottingham Forest (H), Premier League, Wednesday 31 August, 7:30pm kick-off

“I thought ‘we can all be together’ this season, but due to personal circumstances with these three players and different situations with other players, we can’t be together. We’re behind but that’s the way it is, we’re going to move forward and today we have to adapt.

“Previously, every pre-season was three, four, five weeks in total. Now it ends with the World Cup, the Euro Cup.” [European Championships] – Many competitions.

“The players need a rest after a tough, tough season, but they are in good shape and are training with the U23s in Croatia. When they come back they will be fine.”

‘Neymar’s report is false – sorry to him!’

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Pep Guardiola reacts to rumors Neymar linked to move from French giants PSG to Manchester City

Another player who will not be in City’s pre-season, or indeed the entire campaign, despite French newspaper reports is Neymar. Le Parisien The forward was offered to the British champions this summer.

But Guardiola dismissed the allegations, saying, “I’m really sorry. Le Parisien But that’s not true. I feel sorry for them because the information they leaked was wrong.

“Neymar is an incredible player and, from the information I have, an incredibly nice person. So let’s calm him down and bring the enormous talent he has to Paris with him. Please let me express [Lionel] Messi and all the big stars they have.

“But I would say that Manchester City have acquired 150 players each season. ”

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However, City are keen to sign a new left-back and remain interested in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella. sky sports news revealed in June.

Brighton do not want Cucurella to leave and will demand a huge offer to sell him, given that he has four years left on his Spanish international contract.

Marc Cucurella ranked in the top six in the Premier League for tackles and possession recoveries in the defensive area last season, but he also contributed quite a bit on the pitch.
Marc Cucurella ranked in the top six in the Premier League for tackles and possession recoveries in the defensive area last season, but he also contributed quite a bit on the pitch.

But with Oleksander Zinchenko on the verge of a move to Arsenal, City need to strengthen their left-back and Guardiola has put his trust in the club’s director of football, Tsiki Begilstein, for the right solution. is finding

When asked about signing the new left-back, Guardiola replied, “Let’s see what happens.” You know exactly what’s best.”

Guardiola has praised Zinchenko’s influence at Manchester City and said the success the Ukraine national team has had at Arsenal will be shared with his former club.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) and Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrating the victory
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) and Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrate the 2018/19 Premier League title

Ahead of Zinchenko’s move to the Emirates, the City boss said: “Like Gabriel [Jesus] and Raheem [Sterling]the impact of these three players in the year I’m here has been enormous.

“So we miss them. They are extraordinary players, but they are moving forward because things are different.”

“Chelsea and Arsenal are two great clubs and their success and happiness are ours.

“On behalf of myself and the club, I would like to thank them for their efforts and behavior on and off the pitch.

“It was nice to be able to properly say goodbye to Orex yesterday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t with Raheem and Gabriel because it was summer, but when we had dinner yesterday, I said goodbye to him. I was able to.”

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Erling Haaland presented to Manchester City fans for the first time
Erling Haaland begins pre-season training at Manchester City

Erling Haaland, who signed for £51m from Borussia Dortmund, is part of City’s US tour and could make his debut against Club America.

Kyle Walker said he was impressed with what he saw from the striker, who has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund, but gave the 21-year-old a chance to fill in City’s record Sergio Aguero’s form. A goal scorer who left the Etihad a year ago.

“Erling was really good,” said Walker. “He’s young. He has to take that into account.

“Obviously he has a big responsibility, and probably with Aguero going last. [Gabriel] Jesus – Manchester City striker.

“But from what I’ve seen in training, he looks strong, he looks strong, he looks determined. Carry on, bring the same mentality and adapt to the Premier League.

“We all know it’s very difficult. No one really comes into the team and starts running straight away, so he needs time, but it’s the players, the manager and the club as a whole. It’s up to us as individuals to make him feel as welcome as possible.”