Guardiola praises the character of the new recruits

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

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

The boss says he’s happy with the way they’ve adjusted in training – but more importantly he thinks they can bring something positive to the dressing room.

When asked how they settled into their new surroundings, Guardiola said: “Step by step. It won’t happen in a day or two.

“We can’t put too much pressure on these players. We have to find them houses, apartments in Manchester, and during the sessions what we want them to do will increase.

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

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

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

It’s the first of two matches on American soil, with City traveling to Green Bay to next face Bayern Munich.

Guardiola is delighted with the welcome and facilities in Houston – and says our time in America is a chance for his players to start getting up to speed ahead of our Premier League opener at West Ham on August 7.

“Thank you so much, it’s been amazing,” he said.

“The hotel is fantastic.

” It is quite hot ! But it was really good and quiet.

“It’s to restart the engine of our work. We still have absentees here and players who have not been able to travel.

“Step by step we will feel better. We are a bit far from our best.”

Meanwhile, the manager has dismissed claims from a French newspaper that City have been offered Brazilian striker Neymar.

“I’m so sorry for Le Parisien, but it’s not true,” he said.

“I feel sorry for them because the information they received is wrong. Neymar is an incredible player and according to my information he is a nice guy. Let him speak out in Paris. Manchester City were buying 150 players every summer, and that’s not true. I feel sorry for Neymar, of course.


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

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

Our match against Mexican giants Club America will take place on Thursday, July 21 at NRG Stadium in Houston. This starts at 7.30pm (CDT)/01.30am (UK).

And our clash with Bayern Munich on Saturday July 23 will be played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. This starts at 6:00 p.m. (CDT)/midnight (UK).

You can also follow the matches via our match center and Match day live studio broadcast on the day of each game, with special guests Joleon Lescott and Pablo Zabaleta joining presenter Natalie Pike.

In addition to live match coverage, CITY+ subscribers will receive full match replays and highlights from Pitcam.

We will also bring you live coverage of our two open training sessions via the Manchester City app and

CITY+ coverage in your area:

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

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

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