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Guardiola on Man City's left-back spot and Bernardo Silva

Guardiola thoughts on Man City's left-back spot as he hopes midfield maestro Bernardo Silva stays at the Etihad.

Guardiola speaks about Man City's left-back spot as he pleads with Bernardo Silva to stay at the Etihad.
Guardiola speaks about Man City's left-back spot as he pleads with Bernardo Silva to stay at the Etihad.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed yesterday that they are still looking to strengthen their left-back position after missing out on Marc Cucurella.

Last month, the Cityzens bid £30m for the Spanish left-back Cucurella, who they felt was a good replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, but saw their offer turned down by the Seagulls.

Cucurella has now joined Chelsea instead, leaving Man City searching for Zinchenko's successor.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Pep said: "Nothing special. It is the same. We will see. We still have lots of days until the end of the month. We will see.

"There are a lot of players all around the world and a lot of them can fit in perfectly the way we are as a team, but at the same time transfers are always difficult.

"Selling is more difficult than buying at the same time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It can be possible, it cannot be possible."

Pep: I would love Bernardo Silva to stay at City

Guardiola normally prefers to keep players, who are willing to stay at the club, but given how important Silva has been to the Premier League champions in recent years, the City coach insists he wants the Portuguese playmaker to continue plying his trade with Manchester City, though, he admitted that the issue is out of his control.

"I have said many times, my satisfaction to train the guys we have done over the last few years was massive,” Guardiola said.

“I was comfortable working with Oleks [Zinchenko], with Gabriel [Jesus], with Raheem [Sterling], for example. Three incredible figures who helped us a lot to achieve what we achieved.

"But, in the end, sometimes the club, sometimes the player, sometimes the agent, many reasons, sometimes you have to divide our path.

“I’ve said many times the desire of the player is the most important thing; I want people happy here trying to do it together. Of course I would love for Bernardo to continue here, he is a special player in the dressing room for me, but I don’t know what is going to happen. Honestly, I don’t know.

“What is going to happen will happen and if he stays it’s perfect, and if he has to leave it’s because football is like this, the clubs have an agreement, the player has desires, and I am not the person to stop the desire of people.

“When you are a football player it’s short, you don’t realise it, immediately it’s over. I don’t want to stop the desire of a player but, at the same time, I’m just a little part of the club, you have to talk to the club, I have never ever been involved in that, and what the club decides for me is OK.”

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