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Martinez: Premier League will be better with Pep

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the Premier League will inspire coaches up and down the country.

The Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss will take over from Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini this summer and his fellow Catalan believes it will only produce positive results.

Pep Guardiola is on his way to Man City. Credit: PA

"Pep Guardiola is one the best managers in world football - the record is there to back that up - but I don't think we are discovering anything by saying that," he said.

"Obviously he's Catalan and I should know that very well - I know exactly what he is as a person, as a winner.

"He's going to bring a very successful football philosophy and without a doubt he'll affect a lot of young coaches and managers in the country.

"He'll bring a completely different tactical approach in the British game.

"He's got an attention to detail that's very different to find in any other manager.

"It's going to be fantastic for the league, the Premier League will be a better league with Pep Guardiola in it."


Man City to give kid Champions League nod

Manuel Pellegrini has dropped the biggest hint yet he will include hat-trick hero Kelechi Iheanacho in Manchester City's Champions League squad.

The manager is ready to select the 19-year-old after the striker's treble in their 4-0 FA Cup win at Aston Villa on Saturday.

City face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 next month with Sergio Aguero their only fit striker as Wilfried Bony struggles with a calf problem.

Kelechi Iheanacho netted a hat-trick on Saturday. Credit: PA

"It's a decision we are going to take this week before the last date. Of course he pushes a lot. We need him because of Bony's injury.

"I see him working every day so I know what he can do. Maybe I received some criticism why we didn't replace (Stevan) Jovetic and (Edin) Dzeko and I answered we had Kelechi.

"We have a young player who is very important for our club. We have good players who are ready to play and you must keep the options. I know we have a player who deserves space in the squad."

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