Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that the Etihad club were in the chase for Harry Maguire but could not afford to pay his transfer fee.
Speaking after City beat Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield, Guardiola said: “He’s an excellent, top-class player.
“We were interested but could not afford it.” He added: “United could afford it. He had an incredible World Cup. He’s strong in the air, good with the ball and builds it up, he’s so fast. He’s young. Congratulations to United.”
Pep also backed his team to be ready for a stern test once again this season.
“There will be many contenders. Manchester United – with Maguire and the other players they brought will be very good,” said Guardiola.
“And Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham too. There are many contenders. But I think Liverpool is champions of Europe and showed they are a top-class team.
“The difference is one point ahead and one penalty ahead. It is minimal. It is good to face them to see how well prepared we have to be until the end to try to win the title.”
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