Guardiola admits Man City missed out on ‘an exceptional player’ in Jorginho

Pep Guardiola wished Jorginho well after the Italy worldwide turned down Manchester City for Chelsea.

City tried to sign the Italy midfielder from Napoli but he opted for a move to Chelsea.

"It would have been a mistake for him if he came and he wanted to go to Chelsea with (new manager) Maurizio Sarri".

"I am not disappointed", said Guardiola.

"It is very important to play big teams to be ready because the first game of the season is in two weeks so the team needs to be ready and we have to go for this type of game".

'English football received an exceptional player at the end. I have watched him from a distance and seen good performances. The American global was one of the top performers for Borussia Dortmund and caused plenty of problems to Manchester City with his pace and directness in the first half.

"I think we played a good game".


Pep Guardiola has praised Joe Hart as an incredible professional as well as hinting he could incredibly stay at Manchester City this summer.

Pep Guardiola was forced to field a makeshift line-up with plenty of youngsters and players who spent last season out on loan, with 16 senior players still to join up for preseason after playing at the World Cup.

Southgate left him out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation, during which Everton keeper Jordan Pickford impressed as number one.

"The best thing with Guardiola, he improves players, he makes them better".

"We'll decide on the last day".

"It's been a pleasure working with academy players over the last few days".

City's first league game will be against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on August 12 and the Algerian expects a tough game against a new look Arsenal side. These players are Premier League players but need the right development and are fighting against some of the best players ion the planet for games, it doesn't work like that and loans are the name of the game.


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