Nathan Redmond: Pep Guardiola was complimentary during passionate, intense chat

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Nathan Redmond: Pep Guardiola was complimentary during passionate, intense chat

Guardiola's behaviour appeared to be aggressive but he claimed afterwards he was merely praising Redmond's attacking qualities - something the once-capped England global corroborated in a statement issued on Thursday to refute allegations made by The Sun newspaper that the City boss directed foul and abusive language towards him.

Guardiola expects to find out on Friday if he faces FA action over the confrontation.

"It happened in Munich when I was with my old player, lovely player, Joshua Kimmich. It does no favours to the sports journalists in the game that I like, happily work with and genuinely respect". "I said to Nathan: 'You are a good player and you have to attack'".

Jose Mourinho insists he is "not surprised" Pep Guardiola was not punished for encroaching on the pitch on Wednesday - as the Manchester United boss was earlier this season.

"He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season", Redmond tweeted. But they didn't want to play, they were time-wasting from the ninth minute. 'Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me, ' he said. "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

He admits he would have been furious had he been the Southampton manager and termed Guardiola a disgrace for expecting teams to just roll over against his expensively assembled squad. It's the same as I do to beat them. They defended with 10 players in the box because they believed this was the best way. I was friends with Mauricio in Barcelona. However, Guardiola clarified during the press conference that they were just words.

"I can't manage the reaction of others".

"With Southampton, he can play the way he played but can also play completely differently".

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