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Monaco’s Silva to join Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva is to join Manchester City from French champions Monaco on July 1, the English Premier League club announced Friday.

Silva’s arrival is the first high-profile signing by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

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London (AFP) – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

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London (AFP) – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.

Rampant Manchester City seal third place

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into next season’s Champions League as they took third place in the Premier League thanks to a 5-0 rout of woeful Watford on Sunday.

Needing a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League, Vincent Kompany put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only five minutes at Vicarage Road.

Rampant Manchester City seal third place

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into next season’s Champions League as they took third place in the Premier League thanks to a 5-0 rout of woeful Watford on Sunday.

Needing a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League, Vincent Kompany put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only five minutes at Vicarage Road.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Manchester City eye top four boost to mark Zabaleta farewell

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pablo Zabaleta’s farewell is likely to garner much of the attention as Manchester City host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, but Pep Guardiola’s side still have work to do to secure a Champions League place.

It was confirmed on Saturday that full-back Zabaleta will leave City at the end of this season after nine years at the club, with West Ham his likely destination.

Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

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London (AFP) – Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.

David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterling, while Riyad Mahrez had an equalising penalty disallowed after he slipped and struck the ball twice.

Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

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London (AFP) – Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.

David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterling, while Riyad Mahrez had an equalising penalty disallowed after he slipped and struck the ball twice.

Guardiola rejects Neville’s Man City criticism

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has declared that he will never turn his Manchester City team into an over-physical side to try to win the Premier League title.

Chelsea have won the title with a more robust style under coach Antonio Conte, but Guardiola intends to stick to his principles of fast, possession-based football.

Jesus back to fire Man City’s top-four push

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus’s return has come at a good time for Manchester City as they seek to move closer to Champions League qualification by beating Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.

The Brazil striker, 20, has made two appearances since recovering from a broken foot sustained at Bournemouth in February.

Jesus back to fire Man City’s top-four push

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus’s return has come at a good time for Manchester City as they seek to move closer to Champions League qualification by beating Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.

The Brazil striker, 20, has made two appearances since recovering from a broken foot sustained at Bournemouth in February.

Manchester City still just on course for Champions League

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City can look forward to a run of three successive home games after just doing enough to remain on track for a place in next season’s Champions League following Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough.

Pep Guardiola’s men had to twice come from behind to earn a point at the Riverside, with the draw helping them remain fourth - the last Champions League qualifying spot on offer to English clubs - in the table, a point and a place above Manchester United.

Kompany leads by example for ruthless City

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Vincent Kompany marked his return to the Manchester City line-up with a rare goal as his side climbed to third in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team were in control for long periods at St Mary’s, but it wasn’t until the 55th minute that City captain Kompany put them ahead with his first goal since August 2015.

Man City wary of Saints stealing their halo

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s Champions League qualification chances look a little more solid after a productive week, but there will still be little margin for error when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed their first win in five Premier League matches last weekend, a straightforward 3-1 home victory over struggling Hull making City a little more secure in fourth place.

Battle of familiar foes headlines Champions League bill

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Paris (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 2014 and now he is hoping to dump the holders out of this season’s quarter-finals as coach of Bayern Munich.

The two giants are familiar foes and they meet for the 23rd time - a record in European competition - at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of a heavyweight tie.

Battle of familiar foes headlines Champions League bill

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Paris (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 2014 and now he is hoping to dump the holders out of this season’s quarter-finals as coach of Bayern Munich.

The two giants are familiar foes and they meet for the 23rd time - a record in European competition - at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of a heavyweight tie.

Aguero strikes as Man City end winless run

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Aguero struck as Manchester City ended a four-match run without a Premier League win by beating Hull City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Ahmed Elhmohamady’s own-goal, just after the half-hour mark, gave Pep Guardiola’s team a lead at the interval, before they pressed home their advantage.

Aguero strikes as Man City end winless run

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Aguero struck as Manchester City ended a four-match run without a Premier League win by beating Hull City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Ahmed Elhmohamady’s own-goal, just after the half-hour mark, gave Pep Guardiola’s team a lead at the interval, before they pressed home their advantage.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Respite for Wenger as Arsenal hold Manchester City

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London (AFP) – Arsenal earned beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger a measure of respite by twice hitting back to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola twice saw his City side go ahead, through Leroy Sane and then Sergio Aguero, but Arsenal twice responded via goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi.

Respite for Wenger as Arsenal hold Manchester City

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London (AFP) – Arsenal earned beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger a measure of respite by twice hitting back to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola twice saw his City side go ahead, through Leroy Sane and then Sergio Aguero, but Arsenal twice responded via goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi.

Ter Stegen casts doubt on Barcelona future

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Madrid (AFP) – Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen cast doubt on his Barcelona future on Sunday, amid reported interest from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

Former Barcelona manager Guardiola chased the 24-year-old German international last year and Premier League side City are reportedly primed to go for Ter Stegen again at the end of this season.

Transfers & Rumours

‘I Thought It Would Be Harder’ – Man City Striker Gabriel Jesus Discusses Making Big Jump To Premier League

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Instant successes don't come much more immediate than Gabriel Jesus, who has hit the ground running at Man Citysince joining from Palmeiras in January.

The 20-year-old striker has managed 7 goals in 11 appearances for City, either side ofa seven-week lay-off caused by the knackered metatarsal he suffered in mid-February.

‘I Never Spoke To The Sun’ – Xavi Categorically Denies Talking To Tabloid About Pep Guardiola’s Supposed Interest In Dele Alli

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Surprise, surprise. Xavi has categorically denied speaking to The Sun after the tabloid recently ran a story claiming the ex-Barcelona captainhad insider knowledge on Pep Guardiola's supposed interest in signing Dele Alli.

In apiece ran on 25th April, The Sun claimed Xavi had told them Guardiola was ready to plunder Alli from Spurs in a "record transfer deal" this summer.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola insinuates that Manchester City are not a big club

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The Manchester City boss was expected to take the season by storm and at least have the team challenge for the title. No one expected City to be fighting for a top 4 finish at the end of the season.

To his credit, Guardiola is well aware that his team’s performances and in effect, his own performances this season have resulted in him getting the boot at most clubs.

Arsenal to bid £65 million for top class Chelsea target?

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After Arsenal reached the final of the FA Cup with a victory over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at the Emirates, there is some fascinating transfer gossip that has emerged in regards to the Gunners. According to a report from the Daily Star, Arsenal are preparing a £65 million bid for the Everton striker Romelu Lukaku [.

Is Man City manager trying to distract Arsenal’s Alexis?

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted interest in Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, but is there more to it than that? It is of no coincidence that the Spanish boss was asked about the Chilean's signature prior to the crunch semi-final clash at Wembley later on today, and most manager's would usually respectfully decline to comment, [.

The reasons why Arsenal should stick with 3-4-2-1 against Man City

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After finally ending the away jinx with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday night, Arsene Wenger's side will make the short trip to Wembley to play Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup. It will be really interesting to see what formation the Arsenal boss employs against Pep Guardiola's men, considering that [.

The Rest

Man City and Arsenal will attack each other to the end – Expect goals!

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When Arsenal are on form, they are consistently known as a team that creates fast, flowing attacking football from all over the pitch, and Pep Guardiola's Man City side is also developing that reputation now and are arguably doing it more successfully at the moment. Both sides have scored 63 League goals this season already [.