Guardiola has Man City playing like Barcelona - Toure

Gundogan returned to full training on 11th July and took to his Instagram account on Monday evening to state his growing excitement at finally being able to play a part for Guardiola's senior squad once more. City boss Pep Guardiola, however, says though they do not want to take any risks with the German midfielder, he is hoping to include him in next week's Girona run-out.

"I think he's close to coming back", Guardiola told Manchester City's official website.

Gundogan made 16 appearances for City last season before suffering cruciate ligament damage in his knee last December. "Maybe he'll get minutes in Girona".

The Citizens' first new arrival ahead of the 2017/18 season was ex-Monaco attacker Bernardo Silva - a player who proved his quality in the previous campaign. He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is flawless for the way we want to play.

"We have had friendly games and when the league starts will see how we compete against hard teams".

In the last nine seasons, only once has a team won the league after having been the highest spenders in the lead-up to that season - when City spent around £70m in the summer of 2011. Their Costa Bravo Trophy match-up with Girona is scheduled for 15 August.

"We have had some players away on worldwide duty this summer, which means Pep hasn't had the chance to work for long with the whole squad".

And midfielder Yaya Toure has gone on to explain that Pep Guardiola has managed to implement the Barcelona blueprint at the Etihad Stadium over the summer.

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