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Guardiola confirms Stones and Sane interest

By July 28, 2016No Comments

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City intentions of signing Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane and Everton defender John Stones.

Stones is valued at around £50 million, while Sane is believed to cost around £35m.

Both players have long been linked with a move to the Etihad and, after City’s 6-5 penalty shoot-out win against Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup, Guardiola confirmed their interest.

“Sane is a player from Schalke. If he comes, we’ll be happy. If he stays, I’ll be happy for the Schalke fans,” Guardiola told reporters.

“[With Stones] it’s the same answer for Sane – he’s a player for Everton. Everyone knows we’re going to try but we will see.”

Guardiola has banned pizza and warned players that they’ll be frozen out of the first team if they do not get themselves fit.

One of the players who has fallen foul of the Spaniard’s new strict regime is Samir Nasri.

The France midfielder was plagued by injuries last season and is hoping to fight for his place in the team but he’ll need to go on a conditioning programme first.

Guardiola said: “Samir arrived a little bit overweight but he’s much, much better now. Still there is a little bit of weight.”

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