Guardiola admits Man City missed out on ‘an exceptional player’ in Jorginho

Ruben Holloway
July 21, 2018

The 31-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his City deal, where he earns around £100,000-a-week.

"Joe is our player". I know it is not easy for him, what happened in the last period.

There is less than three weeks until the English transfer deadline on 9 August - although players can move overseas up to 31 August. We have solutions. We have Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Aleks (Zinchenko) can play in that position.

"English football receives an exceptional player". We tried but my advice always is that players should go where they want.

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"For the guy, it would have been a mistake for him and for us if he had made a decision to come here when he wanted to go with Maurizio and Chelsea".

There was a healthy crowd of 34,629 inside Soldier Field and although a young City side held their own early on, Dortmund created the better chances with Gotze pulling the strings together with Pulisic.

"It is a pleasure to work with them", said the City boss.

Following the conclusion of the tournament last Sunday, a majority of City's first-team players have yet to resume full training and Guardiola said he will not rush them back. But Guardiola is philosophical about his preparations for the start of the season despite the Premier League opener against Arsenal on August 12, two weeks after their return.

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"I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game".

Mahrez netted 48 times in 179 appearances for Leicester, with his most productive campaign proving to be a Premier League title-winning one in 2015-16 - when he scored 18 times.

The 26-year-old added: "Since I was little I was someone who always enjoyed challenges".

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