Pep Guardiola reveals the one signing he wants before the deadline

Justin GreeneAug 07, 2018

Pep Guardiola was proud of Manchester City's effort in a Community Shield victory that left Maurizio Sarri under no illusion about the task ahead of him at Chelsea.

Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League champions opened the new season by collecting more silverware.

Premier League champions Manchester City's reported new kit supply deal with Puma will cover all clubs in their parent company City Football Group's (CFG) ownership portfolio - with the exception of New York City.

Phil Foden delivered an accomplished display in the Community Shield.

It was Aguero's 200th City goal - making the Argentina striker the first player to reach that milestone for the Eastlands outfit.

Already tipped for stardom after inspiring England to Under-17 World Cup glory, the 18-year-old played 10 times for City last season, but this term promises to be his breakthrough year.

"Sergio was so sharp, so good", said City's Pep Guardiola.

It was a management technique that Guardiola was happy to expand upon as he spoke before City's match against Chelsea at Wembley.

But on Sunday he looked a proper first teamer, several times bursting forward from the halfway line to link well with the equally impressive Bernardo Silva and Aguero.

But healing the wounds of Conte's fractious two-year reign - which ended with Chelsea 30 points behind City in fifth place - won't be easy for Sarri, as this spluttering performance underlined.

Although the midfielder featured in City's final game of last season, it was only to ensure he had played sufficient matches to claim a title medal. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane".

First choice keeper Thibaut Courtois (above) is a transfer target for Real Madrid and seems keen to seal the move, highly paid defender David Luiz is being linked with moves away from Chelsea, midfielder Willian returned to training late as he is linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, while star man Eden Hazard has gone public in his belief that he will consider a transfer this summer.

"My method has always been to speak with players face-to-face and then we will see what the best solution if for them and Chelsea. It's not very easy".

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