Guardiola okays Diaz’s move to Real Madrid

Posted January 09, 2019

Manchester City are in talks with Vincent Kompany over a contract extension but club boss Pep Guardiola admits there are concerns over his fitness. The better conditions for both teams, I never put in some trick about this.

City's Under-21 side face Rochdale in the third round of EFL Trophy on Tuesday, with the competition allowing Premier League youngsters to face off against lower-league opposition in competitive action. "But they don't, they play every weekend friendly games". "He played good at Southampton, today Kyle plays the best game of the season by far", Guardiola said of his right-back selection dilemma. "If you want to stay, stay". If not the door is open. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.

That was a trick Jose Mourinho employed at the Bernabeu on occasion when Guardiola's Barcelona came to play his old Real Madrid side, but Guardiola was adamant he had not intervened in such a way. Hopefully in the last part of the season he is going to help us because we need him.

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Foden is set to start the Burton clash with Guardiola having virtually a full squad to choose from.

Defender Benjamin Mendy has returned to training with the team and is expected to be fit in two or three weeks.

But he did dismiss suggestions that he asked the grass to be left long for the 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

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"We saw with the last two games, his problem is that he can only play in one of them [Kompany was in the line-up against Liverpool last week but then sat out the FA Cup win over Rotherham]".

"Always we try to put water on it, but it's not necessary here".

"We want to cut the field all the time, all my career, 10 years as a manager".

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"I never speak with the many issues do I have in my head to think about the pitch? Sometimes I'm really unfair with many, many players and when I chose to play him against Southampton he did really well and that's why he played against Liverpool". "I never made a phone call to say "do this to damage our opponents".