Manchester City chase visa for Douglas Luiz amid transfer frustration

Pep Guardiola

Fourteen of his 15 appearances in Spain's top flight came off the bench but his displays during pre-season have convinced Guardiola that Douglas Luiz could provide the extra midfield body instead of prime target Jorginho, who opted to join Chelsea and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

Guardiola has previously spoken of his excitement to lock horns with Sarri in the top-flight throughout the course of the upcoming season and ahead of the sides' Community Shield outing this weekend, the Spaniard was full of praise again for his counterpart.

With only five days until the transfer market closes for Premier League clubs, the Chelsea manager hopes to convince Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard to do the same.

"Guardiola told me here in England that it is very hard, the level is very high", he said.

"I think it's the time in my career where I need to play as many games as I can". I saw the games against Inter and Arsenal and immediately I saw he got it, he did it.

Chelsea have changed their head coach with great regularity in recent years but Sarri does not want his stay at Stamford Bridge to be a short one.

"I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness".

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And to really kill the rumours linking the wantaway winger to United and Barcelona, Sarri had an assured response when asked if he was confident that the right winger would stay at the club.

Chelsea take on Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday before kicking off their domestic campaign on Saturday, August 11 at Huddersfield Town.

Maurizio Sarri has revealed Pep Guardiola warned him of the difficulties in making the move to English football when the pair met over dinner in Italy this summer.

He netted 17 goals as City won the Premier League and the Carabao Cup last term.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury. We have been enjoying it from the first day, learning and improving on what he wants.

Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: "The match for us is very hard for one reason: they have worked all together for two years". But only maybe one player.

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