Pep Guardiola discussed his new full-backs, Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé and City’s financial strength ahead of the International Champions Cup fixture against Real Madrid.
In Los Angeles, Guardiola spoke fondly about his two new signings, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, who both joined after Manchester City lost to Manchester United in Houston. While Danilo would be in line for a debut against his former club, Pep said Mendy would miss out on that chance because of a small injury and would instead be available in “two or three weeks.”
“He can play right full back, and of course left and even can play in midfield. He can play in several positions – he’s a player with potential and I’m grateful he’s here with us,” Guardiola said about the 26-year-old Danilo.
On Benjamin Mendy, Pep said: “Mendy is a physically strong player, can attack, young…and a fun guy, we’re so satisfied he decided to join us.
“We’ve changed players because the squad was getting older. We changed not just for the short term but for the next four, five, six years.”
Pep Guardiola also refused to rule out a move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé mere hours after reports suggested City had opened formal talks with Monaco to sign the 18-year old.
“Anything can happen – we are still looking at a lot of other players, but he is still on that team.
“Madrid doesn’t have more than Manchester City have,” Guardiola said as he quelled the idea that City could not compete financially with Real Madrid.