Pep Guardiola has confirmed the presence of French teenager Claudio Gomes on the U.S. tour and spoke glowingly of the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder last night.
Gomes can’t officially join City until he turns 18 on Monday, but is training with the City squad and Guardiola has been impressed by what he has seen – and hinted the exciting France under-18 midfielder could play a role next season, like Foden and Brahim.
“He has been so good, so good,” Guardiola said of Gomes. “My opinion is that at that age you have to play. You need minutes, if not with us then with the second team.
“It could be like what happened with Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz – he could stay with us, because from what we have seen in these days, the impression is good, so good.”
The plan for Gomes, outlined to him before he agreed to sign, has always been to keep him around the first team squad until at least January, and then decide from there the best course of action.
Guardiola’s comments suggest he has been seriously impressed by the player, who won’t be able to take part in tonight’s game against Borussia Dortmund, but could feature later in the tour.
City have yet to add a new midfielder to the squad after the long pursuit of Jorginho ended in disappointment. While it isn’t impossible that they may yet add one, the club are denying interest in Thiago Alcântara and Miralem Pjanić, the latter of whom is being heavily linked in Italy.
“We will decide until the last day,” Pep said of new signings, not ruling out further additions.
“We have Fernandinho and Ilkay Gündogan who can play in this position [holding midfield], and Aleks (Zinchenko) can also play there.
“There is also Fabian Delph, and we have one or two young guys – Douglas Luiz and Claudio Gomes.”