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A heart-warming David Silva interview and a close look at how City are shaping up ahead of the new season …it’s time for this morning’s roundup of the back pages! ​

Let’s start with Silva, who met up with the Mirror’s Simon Mullock in Gran Canaria to discuss his time at City, his plans post-Etihad Stadium and, of course, the difficulties he faced last season with the premature birth of his son, Mateo.

It's a brilliant, wide-ranging interview in which Silva heaps praise on Pep Guardiola for his managerial qualities and ability to see beyond football. 

"Silva also came to learn that as far as Guardiola is concerned football certainly isn’t a matter more serious than life or death," Mullock writes.

"The City midfielder confirmed that the Catalan is a football obsessive who will be going into the new season looking to smash all the records that his team set last season on their way to becoming the Premier League’s first Centurions.

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"Silva said: “I have always been well treated by the club, but when Mateo was born prematurely I think it was the time when I realised just how much the club means to me.

“'It was Christmas. It was the busiest part of the season and I knew Pep needed me to play.

“'We were doing well in the league, but nothing was decided. It was still a close race at that time.

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“'Yet Pep just said to me ‘look, there is nothing more important than your family. Take all the time you need to look after your son, your family and also yourself.’

“'In the worst moment of my life, Pep and the people at City showed me the kind of love that you can only appreciate when you have been in that kind of crisis.”

"Silva added: “When you see Pep on TV or read his words in the newspaper, it is the portrait of a man who is the ultimate professional.

“'But when you work with him, you don’t just come to see him as a coach. You learn about his qualities as a man.

“'It is that side of Pep Guardiola that the people on the outside don’t get to see.

“'I witnessed the human instincts of Pep and I can tell you that for him there are more important things in life than football.

“'City are a club that is built to win trophies. But in that moment, the manager, the staff, the owners, my team-mates and the fans showed me that they understand that a great football club doesn’t just think about football.'”

Meanwhile, iNews has taken a close look at each team ahead of the new season – and they believe Pep Guardiola is the man that makes difference for City.

"Having won league titles in three countries and established himself, almost undisputed, as the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola is on the verge of transcending football and becoming a bona fide cultural icon," Will Magee writes.

"With his ‘hip dad’ aesthetic and strange combination of conscientious cool and intense, obsessive nerdiness, he is a genius savant who has meticulously created a winning formula at City and turned post-Cruyffian theory into reality at the Etihad. Given Jose Mourinho’s moribund tone of late and the sense that Manchester United are resigned to finishing well behind their cross-town rivals, the idea that Mourinho and Guardiola were seen as equals only a few years ago (albeit in a yin and yang kind of way) now seems faintly absurd."

That's all for this morning's media roundup - stay with us throughout the day as we bring all the latest from the Club's US Tour. 

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