Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola responded to the reports linking the Brazilian Neymar, the French star of Paris Saint-Germain, to the move to the “Etihad” stadium.
GOAL recently confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain would not mind selling Neymar if the right offer was received.
Manchester City recently managed to sign Erling Halland from Borussia Dortmund, and Calvin Phillips from Leeds United, and the two deals cost the Premier League champions nearly 110 million euros.
But signing Neymar of course will cost Manchester City more than the pair are worth given their value in world football, and Guardiola insists the Brazilian is not in his plans.
What did Guardiola say?
The French newspaper “Le Parisien” reported that Neymar was offered directly to Manchester City , but Guardiola came out to confirm that this news is not true.
“I’m sorry for the newspaper, but this is not true,” Guardiola said during a press conference on the sidelines of his team’s preparations for the new season.
He added: “I’m really sorry, but the information they got is completely wrong, Neymar is an amazing player, and according to my information he is a nice person, but let him express himself in Paris.”
He continued: “Manchester City sign 150 players every summer, which is not true, I am sorry for Neymar of course.”
How do the new players get along?
With Neymar away from Manchester City, Guardiola is more than happy with the choices his club have made in the transfer market.
In addition to Halland and Phillips, Manchester City’s list included the young Argentine striker Julian Alvarez, substitute goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, and Guardiola is happy with what he sees from the quartet so far.
“It will happen step by step, it won’t happen in a day or two,” he said of how well they got along with the group.
He added: “We cannot put pressure on these players, we must provide them with homes first in Manchester, and in training we will ask them more.”
Guardiola concluded: “The first impression of all of them is very good, they seem to be nice people, they deal well in the dressing room and this is more important than tactics.”