City approach for Busquets?

However, the Brazilian blew hot and cold last season, and with Fernando joining Galatasaray, the Manchester City boss has a spot open in his squad.

“People say in my first press conference we are favourites”.

‘We played good games against four fantastic teams.

Muric, 18, is also slated to join the travelling party down to the south coast as third-choice goalkeeper, replacing Angus Gunn, who provided cover last season but is now on loan at Norwich.

“So we have to disregard most of it, because it’s something that we can’t affect”.

Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English football and was derided for saying he was “not a coach for the tackles” after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.

“Danilo is 26, (Benjamin) Mendy is 23, Bernardo (Silva) is 22, Ederson is 23, so we bought players who are going to be stable for the next years”.

Asked about extra pressure, he added: “It’s the same pressure as I had last season”. We have to deal with that and handle that.

The Etihad boss knows all about the Spain global following his highly successful five-year stint at the Nou Camp, and was the man who handed Busquets his breakthrough in 2008.

The City boss says that transfer fees can not continue to grow at the current case and expects them to level off at some point.

“I think he’s close to coming back”, Guardiola said. Sooner or later it’s going to finish.

“We were favourites last season and missed out by 15 points so being favourites this season means nothing”.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season. But not what happened this summer.

Pep explained City’s heavy investment, saying, “We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years. But we try to win the game”.

The decision was made in July, before City had played the majority of their pre-season friendlies. Our fans really get behind us and they’re going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more. One such club that is making an audacious attempt to sign him are Manchester City.