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Man City boss Pep Guardiola aims dig at Chelsea new boy Jorginho

GETTY Man City boss Pep Guardiola has aimed a dig at Chelsea new boy Jorginho

Willian and Loftus-Cheek were two of the players who returned from extended breaks this week, and the duo are unlikely to be fit enough to start against Manchester City.

File image of Pep Guardiola. But maybe something different can happen, I don't know. Now from Monday, we'll be all together.

"I think he has the potential to stay with us, play with us and improve with us".

The Blues are expected to make some further new signings before the close of the transfer window on Thursday afternoon.

"Momentum was a time ago, it was last season", the City boss said.

"His fight to put every effort in is incredible".

"I think always a player's dream is to play the World Cup because it is the most fascinating tournament every four years, the most fascinating, handsome and exciting tournament in the world", he said.

"Yes, we were close but in the end Jorginho made a decision to stay with Maurizio", said Guardiola, who has welcomed all of his FIFA World Cup stars back to training, with the exception of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Sarri has spoken a lot about the importance of having fun on the football pitch, which explains why he gets on so well with Guardiola. In addition, City has spent a club-record £60 million (US$78 million) on Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, a player who could be a natural long-term replacement for Sterling. "Of course, he needs more time to work but his ideas are already there, so I think it'll be a good game (on Sunday)". Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too.

The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack. "I am so happy he came here", he said.

"The last Premier League table told me City 100, Chelsea 70 points", Sarri said.

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Guardiola said the Premier League remained his main aim, despite City's owners making clear their desire to win the Champions League, as he looks to become the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008 to lift back-to-back titles. If I felt it's done and we can not improve I would not be here.

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