De Bruyne fitness boost crucial to Manchester City hopes - Guardiola

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He solution was to call for a second league to be created in order to create a pathway for younger players to break into Premier League clubs' first teams.

It is the sort of match Brahim Diaz would have started but - having rejected a new deal from City - the 19-year-old signed for Real Madrid this week in a deal which could be worth up to £22million.

Guardiola rejected claims he had ordered the grass to be grown longer at the Etihad Stadium ahead of last week's 2-1 win over Liverpool, which reignited the Premier League title race.

Diaz followed the path of Jadon Sancho, who is now pulling up trees at Borussia Dortmund and has gained worldwide recognition after being called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad. David Silva, for example, was loaned to other before he became what he is right now, before he came us. "They have gone their separate ways and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them".

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position". Always we try to put water (on the pitch) but it's not necessary here with the weather.

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I think [it has been emotional] not just for him, for everybody. 'We are looking for young talents who can bring us things. Arsene Wenger got me to watch him train. "He is a top guy on the pitch and off the pitch, a great friend of mine".

"We don't want people who don't want to be here", said Guardiola. "If you want to stay it's because you want to stay. I speak [about this] many times, on the pitch it speaks for itself". We want to cut the field all the time for 10 years, so it's better conditions for both teams.

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position". Phil chose to stay. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn't want here for many reasons. It is hard to get in, but we all try our best.

Guardiola, meanwhile has confirmed Benjamin Mendy has returned to training following a knee injury that has sidelined him since mid-November and he could be back in action within two weeks.

With City now competing on four fronts, there have been suggestions City's tough calendar could impact our Premier League performance.

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