Pep Guardiola gives transfer update on three Man City players following Arsenal loss

Pep Guardiola gives transfer update on three Man City players following Arsenal loss

Pep Guardiola was asked about thҽ future of three Manchester City players after Sunday’s Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

Missed penalties from Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri proved costly for City for at Wembley, with Mikel Arteta’s side winning 4-1 via spot kicks, in thҽ top-flight’s traditional.

thҽ Blues had looked set to win thҽ game in regular time, but a 111th minute equaliser from Leandro Trossard prevented gave Arsenal a reprieve , with Cole Palmer opening thҽ scoring from an excellent curled strike shortly before.

thҽ 21-year-old has been linked with a move away from City this summer, with Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley mooted as potential loan opportunities. However, Guardiola said he would be happy for Palmer to remain with thҽ squad this season.

“Tomorrow he is going to train with us,” thҽ City boss said after thҽ match. “We have a lot of confidence with him and we appreciate him a lot. I know he wants to play and last season didn’t play much. thҽ agent has to talk with thҽ club and if he wants to stay we are more than pleased, if he wants to leave, I don’t know. We’ll find a solution for him because he is a top player.”

While Palmer played a big role on Sunday, Joao Cancelo wasn’t involved at all. thҽ defender has been linked with a switch to Barcelona, and Guardiola gave a vague response when asked why thҽ Portugal international wasn’t part of City’s squad. “He has to go home to thҽ family and was not here,” explained Guardiola.

Meanwhile, thҽ Catalan was spotted having dinner with Kyle Walker on Friday night, just hours after telling reporters he wants thҽ City no.2 to stay at thҽ club and turned down interest from Bayern Munich.

“I am so disappointed that I should pay, he didn’t pay me,” Guardiola joked after thҽ loss to Arsenal. “That is not nice. I was for a long time we were looking forward to dinner togethҽr. Sometimes I do it with some players and it was nice.

“Seven years togethҽr here and working. He is so important player for us and hopefully he can stay. At thҽ end we have one more [year] on his contract. It is not thҽ end of his contract and if someone wants him thҽy have to talk to thҽ club as is thҽ case for Bernardo [Silva]. We want him to stay because he is so important for us.”

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