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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 campaign getting underway, though, we will of course first see the winners of the FA Cup and Premier League from 2020/21 play out this year’s Community Shield fixture.

This clash in question will see Leicester City, FA Cup holders, and Manchester City, PL champions, 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.

First, on the back of the news that Lionel Messi will not be renewing his contract with FC Barcelona, Guardiola was drawn on the possibility of the Argentine coming to Manchester.

However, the Sky Blues boss appeared to suggest that such a move is not on the club’s radar:

“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 was also inevitably asked about Harry Kane, whom City are said to be targeting this summer.

And though the Spaniard confirmed that his side are indeed interested, he also stated that there is simply 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 negotiate, 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.”

Finally, Guardiola was asked about the prospect of Bernardo Silva leaving the club, to which the City boss went on to explain:

“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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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 7 12 16
2 Liverpool FC 7 11 15
3 Manchester City 7 11 14
4 Manchester United 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford FC 7 4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 4 11
10 Aston Villa 7 1 10
11 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Watford FC 7 -3 7
16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 Burnley FC 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3