Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola arrived in the English city on Sunday to start his career as the City’s new coach.
New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he moved to the Premier League to prove himself in England.
Around 7,000 fans turned up at Etihad Stadium to hear the 45-year-old speak for the first time as City manager.
He said : “That is why I am here. I proved myself in Barcelona and after I proved myself in Germany I wanted to prove myself in England,” he said.
“I cannot do that alone. I need the players, the staff. We need our fans. Without that, it is impossible.”
He quickly touched on whether Lionel Messi could play for Manchester City one day.
Guardiola last coached Bayern Munich but was the manager of Barcelona from 2008-12 with Messi on the team, winning three league titles, two Champions League crowns and much more.
Guardiola said, “Signing Messi is impossible. He will finish his career at Barcelona.”
City is one of the few teams in the world that has the economic resources to even contemplate a transfer for Messi, which would likely cost over $200 million, but Messi has been Barcelona for life.
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Gundogan, 25, was Guardiola’s first signing as manager, arriving from Borussia Dortmund for £20m.
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“I like the players who don’t just think for themselves but think about Manchester City,” said Guardiola.
“We are all the people who are working here. The reason we are here is thinking ‘what can we do to make this club a better club’.
“I don’t want the guys to think about what the club can do for them. We are here to make Manchester City a better club in the next three, four, five years.”
After Guardiola arrived at City they introduce their 2016/17 kits.
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