Man City boss Pep Guardiola reacts to claims he acted improperly over Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong transfer
The Blues were in the chase for the young Holland star, but lost out to Barcelona, who out-gunned them with a £65million deal and a basic salary of £307,000 a week.
De Jong had been City’s number one target to provide back-up for, and eventually replace, Fernandinho as the holding midfielder.
But Barcelona snapped him up – and their coach Ernesto Valverde was asked about De Jong’s revelation that he had spoken to City and Paris St Germain before joining Barca.
“You can’t call a player who already has a contract,” Valverde said.
“It isn’t my code of conduct to call a player who is under contract with another club. If I do it, I won’t say it. If the player says it then it is his problem.
“I have nothing to say about it. Everybody has a different way of doing things. This club acts in a certain way. And I have nothing to say about it.”
Valverde is not believed to have been criticising Guardiola, who is a personal friend, but the implication drawn from it by the Spanish media was that the City manager had done wrong.
Guardiola was terse when asked about the matter in his press conference: “No answer, Erneste is my friend, it’s finished” he said before adding “I don’t want to talk about that, it’s over.
“First of all I’m not involved with negotiations, i give my opinion and we do our best, I’m satisfied, the club is working so well, sometimes they come, sometimes not.
“All the big clubs sometimes decide, the reality is what it is, sometimes it’s not possible and that’s the reality. we have 11 players to play against Newcastle.”