City boss Guardiola ‘will try to move the squad a little bit’

Date published: Friday 8th July 2016 1:46

Pep Guardiola: City boss has faced the media

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted there will be some new faces arriving at The Etihad this summer.

The incoming Spaniard, speaking at his first press conference today, refused to do discuss the identities of City’s potential summer recruits but did say he will “try to move the squad”.

“Fasten your seatbelts for the other side of the car,” said Guardiola, who was officially unveiled in front of 5,800 fans last weekend.

“I arrived 10 days ago and we are still getting to know each other. We will try to do our best so our players and fans can be happy and proud.

“Fans realise if these players are committed and we will work towards that.

“All the clubs in the world try to make themselves better.

“This isn’t the right place to discuss new players out of respect for them and their clubs. We will try to move the squad a little bit.”

The former Barcelona chief was amazed at the facilities at The Etihad and the surrounding area.

“It is amazing. When we don’t play well, the facilities will not be the reason why.

“It is amazing for the club, the community and for Manchester. Congratulations to the club for that.”

Guardiola, who insists he has not set any targets and will meet Sheikh Mansour when he comes to Manchester, also admitted the time was tight to test himself in the Premier League.

“I am here to prove myself. People say I would not be able to play the same way at Barcelona and Bayern as I will here.

“This is another test for my career. It would have been comfortable to stay where I was but it was the right moment to come here.”

When asked about this season’s rivalry with Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho, he added: “Jose said it pretty well. It’s not about me or him. The other one is going to win.

“What I saw from the distance is that it is so tough to win games here. I will find that out myself.

“We have played against each other many times as coaches and the big coaches help me to reach another level. My experience against him or Jurgen Klopp, they made me better.

“All of the managers want to win and we want to do that as well.”

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