Before the UEFA Europa league game between Gael Clichy’s Istanbul Basaksehir and Joe Hart’s Burnley in October, Clichy spoke of how tremendous a character Hart is after the duo spent a few years together at the Etihad Stadium of Manchester City.

The two former City stars were reunited once again at Turf Moor as Hart’s Clarets sought to edge past Clichy’s Basaksehir in the Europa League third qualifying round.
After the first leg of the game ended in a goalless draw in Istanbul, the tie was delicately poised but if Burnley do progress, Clichy said he would be happy to see former teammate, Joe Hart succeed.

What Pep Guardiola Said To Gael Clichy When He Arrived In The City Is Too Harsh

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016, he did not chop his words to Gael Clichy about his playing future. The French backpack had five seasons at Etihad after his move from Arsenal and he enjoyed all. Clichy ultimately used an extra season at City playing under the Spanish boss. But in the early 2016/17 season, he became aware of his standing with Guardiola, who repeated that his career was behind him.

"Your career is behind you now," Clichy revealed to the Guardian. Guardiola also told Clichy: "But you have a duty every day, every session, every behavior you have; young players look up to you and even at the time when you feel you are not a special player and this is all because of what you have been doing so many years in England You won the trophies, you are somebody, and the young players will look up to you and behave the way you do things."

Pep Guardiola compares Jorginho’s U-turn to Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United switch

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that Jorginho’s decision to join Chelsea this summer has been a blow to their transfer ambitions. City had a verbal agreement with the Italy international during the early stages of the transfer window but the Blues managed to hijack the deal after they offered him the chance to reunite with ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, Guardiola said that Jorginho has delivered a blow to their transfer ambitions and compared the situation with that of Alexis Sanchez last winter, he said: “The blow is that he [Jorginho] would rather be at Chelsea. We tried, we believe we were close but at the last turn he decided to go to Chelsea. The same thing with United and Alexis, so I have nothing else to say.”


Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy is grateful to his coach Pep Guardiola and his wife for their efforts at helping him settle at the club. The Frenchman joined last summer but he has barely played games for the Cityzens due to fitness issues.

Guardiola made it a priority to get the best fullbacks in the game when he took over at the Etihad. The Spaniard spent over £125 million to complete deals for Mendy and Kyle Walker, with Danilo as double assistant.

Guardiola: Anything Can Happen

Manchester City says anything can happen in the Champions League. This is ahead of their rubber stamp fixture against Swiss side FC Basel in the return leg of the tournament. Guardiola’s men have a four-goal advantage from the first leg away. However they would need to maintain their lead to get through to the quarterfinals.

The Catalan coach insists that things can go either way, warning his players to keep their focus. The former Barcelona man pointed to some examples that have happened already this term. He mentioned Fabian Delph’s red card playing against them as they crashed out of the FA Cup against Wigan. He pointed to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s luck in getting only a yellow card for his challenge against Victor Moses when both sides clashed in the Premier League recently.

Guardiola said these little things could hurt them a lot.


European stars are now looking at moving to Turkey for regular football action as the climate is conducive and the league is competitive. The Turkish league is enjoying good following but another major factor players now consider a plus is the lower income tax rate.

Last December, the Turkish parliament approved that football players pay only 15 percent of their taxable income for the next two years. The parliament made the move in a bid to boost the Turkish league and attract more top personalities.


Manchester City rarely get credit for being frugal. It's partly because they've regularly spent hundreds of millions of pounds on their summer transfers and haven't been scouting around to pick up a player on the cheap.

Their transfer policy for some time now, have been to sign already made players for exorbitant prices instead of scouting around to buy younger and cheaper players.

However, it can't be ignored that City generally don't do that well when taking a low-risk punt on a signing who may turn out to be a great addition but who won't ruin the club financially if it doesn't work out.

Scott Sinclair, an £8m acquisition from Swansea in 2012, and Jack Rodwell, a £12m purchase from Everton that same summer, are often held up as examples of why promising players shouldn't move to the Etihad.

Clichy: City will be champions

Former Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes that his former team will win the title this season. He believes that Pep Guardiola has assembled a good team to challenge for the Premier League title and he feels that this is the season where the Spanish manager will win his first title in England.

He said that the team is balanced in all departments and that they have good strength in depth. Gael Clichy said that this is important when you know that the Premier League is a tough competition and that they will also have to deal with the Champions League as well.


Turkish football side Basaksehir would be hoping to get past La Liga side Sevilla when they meet at the Champions League qualifier.

Ahead of the meeting with Sevilla, Basaksehir had the support of their president TayyipErdogan as they sailed to a 5-3 aggregate win against over Club Bruges. The seasoned Belgian side had fought hard in the first leg which ended in a 3-3 draw but Premier League legend Emmanuel Adebayor was on target to deliver the advantage.


Manchester City are reportedly set to hijack the deal for Real Madrid right back Danilofrom Chelsea.

The Guardian reports that City have agreed a fee with Madrid for the player to move. The Brazilian is expected to provide competition for recently acquired Kyle Walker from Spurs.

The fee is in the range of £26.5 million with add-ons taking it to £30 million. This means Pep Guardiola is hoping to spend as much as £80 million for just the right back role. The Spaniard released Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and BacarySagna so full backs were an important part of his summer plans.


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