Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

But Guardiola's preference for his full-backs to step forward and move inside to add greater numbers into central midfield means Pep asks his to do even more. Abraham will have a wise tutor in Fernando Llorente (if the Spaniard stays at Swansea) and another successful season could see him return to Stamford Bridge ready to challenge for a first-team place there.

I've been really pleased with how Liverpool have shaped up in pre-season and Mohamed Salah has been quite incredible. I'm a calm boy.

In an off-season that has seen more than 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) invested in players, Manchester rivals City and United have accounted for more than a third of that spending.

"Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]".

Guardiola is however still missing a world class centre-back to complete his work.

"I am happy to be part of this group", he said.

"I think it is unsustainable", the former Barcelona Coach said at a Press conference.

Manchester City have jetted off to Brighton ahead of their Premier League opener against the newly-promoted side.

Guardiola has strengthened his defence this summer, bringing in three younger full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, and a new goalkeeper in Ederson - as well as signing midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Having signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England Under-21 global has headed out loan again to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

If there are some fantasy Premier League managers here's a couple players you might introduce in your squad: Glenn Murray netted 23 times in the Championship last year, Markus Suttner is excellent left back who scored four goals and recorded five assists last season while playing for Ingolstadt, Pascal Groß created the most goalscoring chances in the German Bundesliga last season (98) while plying his trade for FC Ingolstadt 04, while Anthony Knockaert is best first-choice set piece taker and has recorded 15 goals and eight assists last year.

Yet he said: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he said.

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back".

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and global clearance.

"Buying from the same league is more hard". We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time.

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start".

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