Ireland underage global called up to Manchester City squad

Hope Soto
July 21, 2018

City have yet to add a new midfielder to the squad after the long pursuit of Jorginho ended in disappointment.

It would have been a mistake if he had come here when he wanted to go to Maurizio and Chelsea. If they want to come, that's great but if he wants to go to Chelsea, all the best for him.

The effect of City having a record 16 players at the World Cup is that the squad Guardiola has available for the International Champions Cup tournament in the United States is shorn of experience.

Hart, the former England goalkeeper, has spent the last two seasons on loan - first with Torino, then West Ham United - and has not featured in a game for City since August 2016.

The 31-year-old is third choice behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo, and there appears little chance of him playing.

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Defender Mendy, who made just one substitute appearance for France during their triumph at Russian Federation 2018, and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva are the only members of Guardiola's squad who featured in the World Cup to be included on the trip.

Gomes can't officially join City until he turns 18 on Monday, but is training with the City squad and Guardiola has been impressed by what he has seen - and hinted the exciting France under-18 midfielder could play a role next season, like Foden and Brahim.

"So it is important that English football has received an exceptional player and at the end if they want to come, it's better they come. I know it is not easy for him but we will try and find a solution", said Guardiola.

"We will try to be ready to play every game like we did previous year". If they are ready they'll help us and if not we'll wait for them.

"But even that I don't think sways my decision, or should sway his decision, one way or the other".

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