Manchester City thought Jorginho deal was done, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City thought Jorginho deal was done, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City thought Jorginho deal was done, says Pep Guardiola

Riyad Mahrez could be given a first competitive start in a Manchester City shirt, while Pep Guardiola could also turn to Phil Foden.

"I am ready, I am ready", said Guardiola of City's title defence.

The two heavyweights are heading into the campaign full of renewed hope, with the Blues under new management and the Citizens coming off the back of a record breaking 100-point season.

"Good luck at Chelsea and in English football we are going to discover an exceptional holding midfielder".

The Blues are expected to make some further new signings before the close of the transfer window on Thursday afternoon.

Guardiola will also pay special attention to German winger Leroy Sane, controversially left out of his country's World Cup squad for Russian Federation, over the coming weeks although the City boss does not expect him to suffer any ill effects from that disappointment. "His courage, his fight to put every effort for the team is incredible".

Summer signing Mahrez has been given the green light to feature at Wembley on Sunday after an ankle complaint but Guardiola is unable to call upon midfielder Douglas Luiz as he waits on a work permit.

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Chelsea will begin their season without Antonio Conte, who was shown the door by the Chelsea board.

Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: "The match for us is very hard for one reason: they have worked all together for two years". Sarri has spoken a lot about the importance of having fun on the football pitch, which explains why he gets on so well with Guardiola. While Maurizio Sarri has welcomed back a number of first-team players this week, he is likely to stick with those who have built their fitness over pre-season.

"I said before, I want players who want to come here". It was a very positive conversation so I'm very happy about it.

City are planning with Sterling at present, with a Community Shield clash with Chelsea on Sunday set to lead them into a Premier League season opener against Arsenal on August 12.

"We tried in our short time together to review what we have done, analyse a little bit what Chelsea will be to try and see what we have to do, and play the final".

"It is not good for any manager around the world so all the managers try to avoid that feeling when you lose a game".

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