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Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

04 August 2018

Manchester City and Chelsea meet in Sunday's Community Shield with the battle between the two managers likely to be one of the main features.

The Brazil-born Italian had been tipped to become the long-term successor to Fernandinho for the Premier League champions. If that was not the case then Fernandinho last season would not have extended the contract, and now Gabriel. "His courage, his fight to put every effort for the team is incredible". We can not allow Gabriel to go out for another club because he is so young.

Sarri has only been in his new position since July 14 and will still be fine-tuning his approach and looking at players who could make an impact.

City signed the 20-year-old for £10m from Vasco da Gama last summer before sending him on a season-long loan to Girona.

"Gabriel has improved a lot since he came", Guardiola said at his press conference ahead of the weekend's Community Shield game against Chelsea. It will also be his first experience of England's iconic stadium.

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"We will see", Guardiola is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We would like [to keep Douglas Luiz] but he does not have a visa or a work permit yet", Guardiola explained. The midfielder played only 17 games in Spain, mostly as a substitute, but has impressed during pre-season to the extent Guardiola believes he can deputise for Fernandinho. City is a huge Club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. "In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us". "If, at the end, we decide to bring in another one it will be because they can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the numbers".

The former Wigan Athletic ace who converted a penalty for the Super Eagles at the World cup in Russian Federation is being tipped to lift the Blues even as new coach Maurizio Sarri is hoping to win a title even before his first season at the Stamford Bridge.

"So, I'm so satisfied - all my period here, even the first year - with the squad we have".

Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri