Pep Guardiola says Jorginho joining Man City would have been a 'mistake'

Speaking ahead of City's International Champions Cup clash with Borussia Dortmund, Guardiola spoke on his side's failure to sign Jorginho for the first time.

Guardiola has also suffered a setback in the transfer market this summer with Napoli's Italian global midfielder Jorginho following manager Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea and although Leicester's Riyad Mahrez has signed for 60 million pounds ($79 million), the Spaniard is poised to begin the season with nearly the same squad.

On Jorginho, Guardiola added: "I was disappointed (not to sign him)".

They have made it clear that they will not want players entering the final years of their contracts without some sort of resolution. All the best for him'.

The Algeria star showed glimpses of his quality for the Premier League champions and he nearly scored before half-time via a set-piece but undermanned City fell to Dortmund at Soldier Field.

"We have the same players except one person, Mr Toure".

Despite not carving out a single clear chance in the first half, Guardiola only made one change at the break as Joe Hart replaced Bravo.

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Pep Guardiola admits he is concerned about Manchester City's title defence with players returning late after the World Cup.

Hart, who was left out of England's World Cup squad that travelled to Russian Federation, returned to the Etihad after two disappointing loan spells, at Torino and West Ham. Eric Garcia is 17 or 18 and played like he is 24 or 25 and Riyad played good in his first game.

Defender Mendy, who made just one substitute appearance for France during their triumph at Russian Federation 2018, and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva are the only members of Guardiola's squad who featured in the World Cup to be included on the trip.

Guardiola said Sane's World Cup disappointment could "make him stronger".

"We will try to be ready to play every game like we did previous year".

City play Chelsea in the Community Shield on 5 August before opening their league campaign at Arsenal a week later.

"It's been a pleasure working with academy players over the last few days". We're going to try to continue to improve in what we started two seasons ago.

  • Lawrence Cooper