Messi to Man City? Harry Kane transfer & key player wants to leave: The main talking points from Pep Guardiola’s press conference ahead of Community Shield

Messi to Man City? Harry Kane transfer & key player wants to leave: The main talking points from Pep Guardiola’s press conference ahead of Community Shield

Leicester vs Man City

The English Premier League season is now just one week away. Brentford will take on Arsenal in the season opener on Friday, August 13th.

Ahead of the league getting underway, we will of course see the winners of the FA Cup and Premier League from 2020/21 play out this years’ Community Shield tie.

This match will see Leicester City, FA Cup winners, and Manchester City, PL winners, face off at Wembley on Saturday, August 7th.

Kane, Messi & more talking points

Ahead of the game, Man City boss Pep Guardiola spoke to the press on Friday afternoon.

And the Spaniard was quizzed on a number of topics during his press conference.

Firstly, on the back of the news that Lionel Messi will not renew with FC Barcelona, Guardiola was drawn on the possibility of the Argentine coming to City.

However, Guardiola seemed to suggest that this would not be happening:

“We spent £40m on Jack Grealish. We paid £100m and brought £60m in the last year. He will wear the No.10 because we were incredibly convinced with Grealish and we were convinced too that Leo would continue at Barcelona, so right now he is not in our thoughts. Absolutely not.”

Guardiola would also asked about Harry Kane, who City are said to be targeting this summer.

And whilst the City boss confirmed they are interested, he also stated there is nothing more to say if Tottenham do not want to negotiate:

“He’s a player for Tottenham Hotspur. If Tottenham don’t want to negotiate, it’s finished. If they are open to negotiaite, I think not just Man City but many clubs in the world want to sign him – we are not an exception – but it depends on Tottenham.

“It’s different from Jack. He had a release clause and he is different. Harry Kane is an exceptional, extraordinary striker – no doubts about that, of course we are interested – but he is a Tottenham player and if they don’t want to negotiate there is nothing more to say. If they want to, we will try.”

And finally, Guardiola was asked about Bernardo Silva potentially leaving the club, to which the City boss went on to claim that several players want to leave:

“He’s our player. Not just Bernardo, there are two, three or four players that want to leave but they are our players under contract and when they bring some offer and their agents come here and they want to leave we are open to discuss absolutely everything but it depends on them. Otherwise, they will continue training really well, they will stay here and I will decide if they stay or don’t stay. The players who want to leave know the door is open because we don’t want anyone here unsatisfied but they have to bring someone. Otherwise, they will stay here.”

All quotes via the Manchester Evening News.

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