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Guardiola confirms he wants to sign Everton defender

Stones pictured during Everton's victory over MK Dons this week. Credit: Reuters

It's the news Everton fans were dreading just 12 months after Chelsea's very public pursuit of John Stones.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he wants to bring the England international defender to the Etihad this summer.

When quizzed by reporters during City's tour of China on Thursday, Guardiola explained:

“Everyone knows we are going to try, but I don't know what's going to happen.”

Guardiola was speaking after securing his first victory as City manager following a penalty shootout against Borussia Dortmund in Shenzen

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Guardiola: Players need to pick Man City captain

Vincent Kompany has suffered with a variety of injuries. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola will ask his Manchester City players to pick their own captain when Vincent Kompany is not fit to take the armband.

The new City boss, speaking in Shenzhen ahead of a pre-season friendly with Borussia Dortmund, explained he did not yet know the squad well enough to make that decision and would leave it with the dressing room.

Kompany is established as skipper but is likely to miss the start of the season with a thigh injury.

Vincent is the captain, and when he's not playing, the players have to choose.

I don't think it's a big problem, we have people like Vincent, Joe [Hart], Yaya, Pablo [Zabaleta] as well.

They have to decide who the real captain is for them. I have never believed I should pick the captain, because I am not in the locker room, not in the dressing room, I'm not in the meetings when they believe they have to change something.

They have to choose for themselves the best guy to represent their opinions. I don't like to do it, because I have only been here a month, so they must decide. It's their responsibility.

We've only been together a few weeks or a month and they know each other better than me. It's their responsibility.

– Pep Guardiola

Man City friendly with Man United called off

The cancellation is a blow to Jose Mourinho's summer plans. Credit: Reuters

The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has been delayed after Monday's International Champions Cup game between Manchester United and City was cancelled.

United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that "tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel" the encounter.

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Guardiola confirms Man City interest in winger

Leroy Sane could cost a lot of money. Credit: PA

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed the club's interest in Schalke winger Leroy Sane but there is no deal in place.

Guardiola says contact has been made but the two clubs differ in their valuation of the Germany international, with Schalke reportedly seeking £45million.

Sane, 20, has indicated a desire to leave Schalke but has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as well as City.

Sane is a player of Schalke. Of course we talk to him - Schalke know we are interested but at this moment we don't have many possibilities to get him"

There's a difference between City and Schalke and it's quite big but I don't know what's going to happen in the coming weeks and months.

– Pep Guardiola

Middlesbrough sign striker Negredo on loan

Negredo has joined Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough agreed a deal to sign Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo on a season-long loan, the Premier League club have announced.

Paperwork is still to be completed but the 30-year-old former Manchester City forward has already linked up with Boro at their pre-season training camp in Marbella.

Negredo was a member of the City side which won the Premier League title in 2014.

Man City target Sane tells Schalke he wants to leave

Leroy Sane has been linked with a move to Man City. Credit: PA

Leroy Sane has told Schalke that he wants to leave the Bundesliga club, according to general manager Christian Heidel.

The 20-year-old, who was part of Germany's European Championship squad in France, has been linked with some of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Heidel told German newspaper Bild: "Sane has clearly expressed that he would like to change (clubs). We have to accept it. We will correspond if the conditions for Schalke are in order."

"I can not confirm that the deal is in the final phase. That would mean that he could be gone tomorrow or the next day."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised the winger on several occasions during his time at Bayern Munich and has been linked with a move for the Germany international since joining the Premier League club.

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