Pep Guardiola claims Man City were interested but couldn’t afford Harry Maguire

Man City win Community Shield

Manchester City and Liverpool went head-to-head on Sunday, for the first available piece of silverware in the English 2019/20 season.

As well as the league, FA Cup and League Cup, Man City won the Community Shield last season, and were looking to retain the trophy.

City’s day got off to an excellent start, as Raheem Sterling put them in front inside 12 minutes.

Joel Matip leveled things up for Liverpool in the second-half, with the score having been locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

City then beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties, with Gabriel Jesus scoring the winning penalty:

Harry Maguire

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Harry Maguire of Leicester City looks on as he holds his leg during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on January 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pep on Maguire

After the game, Pep Guardiola was asked about Harry Maguire.

Maguire was spotted in Manchester on Sunday ahead of a move to Manchester United, which the Evening Standard state will cost £80m, a world-record fee for a defender.

When speaking about Maguire, Guardiola confirmed that City were interested in the centre-back, but could not afford him:

“Maguire is an excellent, top class player.

“We were interested, but we could not afford it. United can afford it. 

“He made an incredible World Cup. He’s strong in the air, good build-up, he’s so fast playing the ball forward. 

“He has all the qualities to work for United. Congratulations to United.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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