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Man City boss Pep Guardiola takes tough line with overweight players - Clichy

Pep Guardiola is taking players to task over weight. Photo: PA

New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has already made a mark at the club by stopping overweight players train with the first-team.

The Catalan has banned pizza as part of his healthy regime and players who are carrying a few extra pounds are forced to burn them off before they can join the main group, according to defender Gael Clichy. Fitness at the club won't have been aided by the farcical cancellation of their Beijing friendly against Manchester United last week.

Gael Clichy is working under a new regime. Credit: PA

"For my part, it's the first time any manager has really done it. And we have a few players who are not training with the team yet," Clichy explained.

"If your weight is too high, you're not training with the team. You have to know that if your weight is 60 kilos and you are on 70 kilos, then you cannot play football.

"Some people think that's normal but, in truth, it's not always like this. I know because I've been playing football for a long time. It's really refreshing and very exciting."