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Gallery: Quartet return for pre-season

Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Zack Steffen have returned to the City Football Academy (CFA) to begin their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign.

The quartet reported to the training ground seven days after City’s pre-season schedule began, following their involvement in EURO 2020 and the CONCACAF Nations League earlier this summer.

Ake and Dias were part of the Netherlands and Portugal squads which reached the last 16 of the European Championships, although Cancelo was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness, whilst Steffen helped the United States win the Nations League for the first time.

Their return bolsters the number of senior players Pep Guardiola has at his disposal this week, though it remains to be seen whether they will be involved in City’s first friendly against Preston North End.

Scott Carson, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Riyad Mahrez were all back in training already, with the rest of the squad set to return in the coming weeks.

Check out the arrivals gallery below.