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Pep’s Presser: Goalkeeper plans confirmed, Zinchenko’s future, Fernandinho’s condition

Manchester City look to follow up on a winning start to the season, which has seen wins away at Arsenal and at home against Huddersfield Town, when they face big-spending Wolves in the early Saturday kick-off.

It could be a tricky game for Pep Guardiola’s men against a side eager to prove themselves at Premier League level, and ahead of the match Pep addressed the media at the CFA this afternoon.

A hot topic of late has been goalkeepers after Claudio Bravo suffered an injury that could keep him out for the season. Pep confirmed that his two young goalkeepers will serve as back-up for Ederson and that there will be NO free agent signed.

“We know Muric, he trained with us all the season,” Pep said on the youngster recalled from NAC Breda. “We loaned him because the Premier League 2 is not a real competition, we wanted to see him play, but with what happened with Claudio we had no options so Muric and Grimmy will be our three goalkeepers.

“Aro has an amazing work ethic and amazing potential. At the start of the season, we decided Grimshaw was third, it means we trust him.”

Bravo has undergone surgery and Pep confirmed it went well, but couldn’t give a timescale for the Chilean’s return.

“I don’t know [when he’ll be back]… we will see,” Pep said.

The City boss said player’s are still not in top condition and used Fernandinho as an example… he was slow to recover from the last game.

“We are still not in the best condition this early in the season. Players complain of muscle problems, Fernandinho recovered slowly from the last game for example.”

Oleksandr Zinchenko could leave the club before Spain’s transfer deadline on August 31 after Real Betis made an approach for him. Guardiola was coy when asked about the 21-year-old’s future.

“With Zinchenko, we will see what happens at the end of the month but now he is training. The situation is not easy for him but I am impressed with how he is training.”

Vincent Kompany‘s 10th anniversary as a Manchester City player has just passed and Guardiola was full of praise for the club captain, despite all of Vinny’s injury setbacks.

“10 years here… Happy anniversary to Vincent Kompany. It’s many games, unfortunately it could have been more. There’s no doubt about his quality. When he is fit, he is a top central-defender.”

Finally, the boss spoke glowingly of tomorrow’s opponents Wolves, who have spent heavily after winning the Championship with ease last year.

“Wolves destroyed the Championship. They had an incredible season. They play attractive football and attack with good players. We knew how tough it would be last season in the Carabao Cup and it was.”

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