Pick your Man City XI: Who should Pep Guardiola select?

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

"I'm so grateful - thanks so much to the club for picking him up", said Guardiola.

Silva will be 33 by the time his current contract runs out at the Etihad Stadium and favours a return to his birthplace of Gran Canaria.

"Looking back, maybe that game made City watch me more often and made them want to buy me".

Speaking 18 months ago, Silva revealed his hopes for seeing out the remaining years of his career.

"Then I became a starter at Schalke, played my first global game and also took part in the European Championships".

According to the British media reports, City have spent over 200 million pounds on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Speaking of how the duo convinced him to settle in England, he said: "Cristiano and Nani both told me that Manchester is a great city". We are going to see at the end of the season what happens.

Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit. "The reality is totally different", he told ESPN.

"We don't have any more time to learn".

Chelsea, the champions, have thus far failed to significantly enhance a squad that now faces the twin rigours of a league title defence and Champions League campaign.

"Guardiola has a lot of experience making players better and I am also with players like Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva who will teach me new things".

"But now the core of the team are used to it and the incoming players need to adapt quick because this year is going to be tough".

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur are trusting in the same formula that swept them to second place last season and must adapt to a new temporary home at Wembley while White Hart Lane is rebuilt. Everton have splashed out on young English talents like Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, as well as bringing Wayne Rooney back to the club after his record-breaking 13-year spell at Manchester United. But the solution is not changing players every season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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