Men's Team

Guardiola hails character of new signings

Pep Guardiola is delighted with the character of City’s summer signings.

Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega Moreno have all joined Guardiola’s squad this summer, just two months after we secured our fourth Premier League title success in five seasons.

The boss says he is happy with the way they have adapted in training – but more importantly, he feels they can bring something positive to the dressing room. 

Asked how they have bedded into their new surroundings, Guardiola said: “Step by step. It will not happen in one day or two days.

“We cannot put too much pressure on these players. We need to get them houses, apartments in Manchester, and in the sessions what we want them to do will increase.

“The first impressions of Julian, Kalvin, Erling, and Stefan were really good – they seem like good people.

“Having good vibes in the locker room is more important than tactics.”

City are currently in Houston preparing for Wednesday’s friendly against Club America at the NRG Stadium.

It is the first of two matches on US soil, with City travelling to Green Bay to face Bayern Munich next. 

Guardiola is delighted with the reception and facilities in Houston - and says our time in America is a chance for his players to begin getting up to speed before our Premier League opener at West Ham on August 7.

"Thank you so much, it has been incredible," he said.

"The hotel is fantastic.

"It is quite hot! But it was really good and calm.

"It is to restart the engine in our work. We still have absences here and players who could not travel.

"Step by step, we will feel better. We are a little away from our best."

Meanwhile, the manager has rejected claims in a French newspaper that City have been offered Brazilian forward Neymar.

“I am so sorry for Le Parisien, but it is not true,” he said.

“I am sorry for them because the information they have received is false. Neymar is an incredible player and by my information, he is a nice guy. Let him express himself at Paris. Manchester City bought 150 players every summer, and it is not true. I am sorry for Neymar, of course.

MAN CITY APP - US TOUR COVERAGE 

City face Club America in Houston and Bayern Munich in Green Bay this week. 

Both matches are live on CITY+ (restrictions apply, see below for more information).

Our game with Mexican giants Club America will take place on Thursday 21 July at the NRG Stadium in Houston. That one gets under way at 19:30 (CDT)/01:30 (UK) time.

And our clash with Bayern Munich on Saturday 23 July will be played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. That one kicks off at 18:00 (CDT)/midnight (UK).

You’ll also be able follow the games via our Matchday Centre and Matchday Live studio show on the day of each game, with special guests Joleon Lescott and Pablo Zabaleta joining presenter Natalie Pike.

In addition to live coverage of the games, CITY+ subscribers will get full-match replays and Pitcam highlights.

We will also bring you live coverage of our two open training sessions via the Man City App and mancity.com.

CITY+ coverage in your region:

City v Club America is available to CITY+ subscribers everywhere, except the US and Mexico.

Bayern Munich v City is available to CITY+ subscribers in the UK, India and China.

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