Man City new boy upsets Guardiola within days of signing

Date published: Saturday 8th August 2020 5:56 - Steve Pearson

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A new Man City signing has taken just a mater of days to anger manager Pep Guardiola after his ill-advised comments in an interview, according to a report.

Man City have an 18-point gap to Liverpool to claw back next season, and have begun by by acting quickly in the transfer window.

Centre-half Nathan Ake was secured in a £41m deal from Bournemouth, though one pundit believes that deal was a mistake.

Spanish winger Ferran Torres also arrived at The Etihad, and it is he who has already drawn the ire of Guardiola.

The £20.8m man was brought in from Valencia amid being regarded as one of Spain’s brightest young talents.

But had it been his way, Torres would never have left the club he’s called home since the age of six.

Due to financial uncertainty and only having 12 months remaining on his deal, Valencia green-lit his sale.

The day after his departure, Torres let rip on his old club over denying him a number of requests he deemed “weren’t above the club’s means.”

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Speaking to Spanish outlet Marca (via The Mirror) Torres said: “I know they’re not in the same position as big European clubs, but I was able to lead that project and wanted to be treated as such.

“The club didn’t want to keep me.”

According to ESPN, those requests broke down into three different areas.

Firstly, becoming one of the club’s top earners. Secondly, being made the club captain and finally, having owner Peter Lim intervene in negotiations.

Regardless, Guardiola was ‘decidedly unimpressed’ with Torres’ remarks.

ESPN cite sources that revealed Guardiola thought Torres should’ve kept his disagreements with Valencia out of the public domain, and should instead be one hundred percent focused on his new team.


Leeds montioring Man City defender as Plan B

Meanwhile, Leeds could move for Manchester City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis if Liverpool scupper their attempts to sign Brighton defender Ben White on a permanent deal.

The on-loan White enjoyed an outstanding season at Elland Road as Marcelo Bielsa’s men returned to the Premier League as champions.

But those performances also caught the eye of title winners Liverpool. And the Reds have room for another central defender after letting Dejan Lovren move to Zenit St Petersburg.

It means Leeds face a double battle. Even if they persuade Brighton to sell, Liverpool could outbid them as Jurgen Klopp looks to boost his backline.

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