Pep Guardiola spoke to the press in Chicago today ahead of tomorrow’s opening friendly of the Blues’ pre-season tour of America against Borussia Dortmund.
It was the first time Pep has spoken to the press since the end of City’s double-winning season and he was joined by Oleksandr Zinchenko, who could be on his way out of the Etihad after the club accepted a £16million bid from Wolves.
Asked about his future, Zinchenko was coy, but left the door ajar for a move.
“At this moment, I play for Manchester City and I’m so happy to be part of this team,” the Ukraine international said. “You never know what will happen in the future but we’ll see.”
Pep was quizzed about City’s squad and seemed happy with just the one addition so far.
“We are the same except one person, Touré. He’s gone but it’s the same squad.
“Riyad [Mahrez] has come to help us up front and give us the quality that he has. We’re going to try to continue to improve in what we started two seasons ago.”
On the topic of Joe Hart, Pep spoke glowingly of a player he has decided not to use during his two years at the club – and even suggested he could stick around if no buyer show themselves.
“Joe is our player. We are going to try to find a solution that is best for him. If not, he stays with us. He is one of the most incredible professionals I ever met.”
The name of Jorginho was always going to pop up after the midfielder decided to join Chelsea over City. Pep wished him the best, although suggested there may be some ‘reasons’ behind the decision.
“If he wanted to go to Chelsea, it would have been a mistake for him to come here [to City]. If he decided to go to Chelsea for reasons he might explain, all the best for him.”
German winger Leroy Sané was surprisingly left out of Germany’s World Cup squad and Guardiola was quizzed about that decision.
“The decision to not take Sané to the world Cup will make him stronger,” Pep claimed. “But we are really impressed with him and we are so happy to have him with us… there was a reason not to take Leroy but he has to accept it and move forward.
“I respect all the decisions of the manager. I don’t like other manager’s opinions of me. I never did it in the past and won’t in the future. Leroy has to accept it and move forward.”
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