Riyad Mahrez and Man City impress Guardiola despite loss to Dortmund

Annette Crawford
July 22, 2018

But after mixed spells, he lost his place in the England squad for this summer's World Cup.

The 21-year-old played for Man City on Friday night in their USA tour opener as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

"I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup - and look where that got me". Majority played together for the first time so they did many many good things. I need to be an important player at a club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.

The 31-year-old has yet to play a Premier League match under Guardiola, and has spent time on loan at Torino and West Ham during the Spaniard's tenure.

"I need to do what's right for me and my family and that's the decision I'll be making", said Hart.

"It's hard when you're on loan, especially when you're not a young player who people may have sympathy for. At the same time, I'm realistic about what's gone on and what the people who count think of me and I have to change those opinions".

The majority of Guardiola's squad are on holiday after their World Cup exploits but new signing Riyad Mahrez made his first appearance for the club against the Germans in a youthful lineup.

Goetze's victor came in the 28th minute when American global Christian Pulisic was hauled down in the box, allowing the midfielder who famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final to beat Claudio Bravo.

"They did do something special, but they were so close to doing something even more special".

This has raised the prospect of City losing another of their young gems, after Jadon Sancho quit for Borussia Dortmund a year ago, with Brahim into the last 12 months of his contract and yet to sign fresh terms. "I thought the whole team did really well", he said.

"English football receives an exceptional player".

The comments come following a pledge by the CIty boss to "find a solution" to Hart's predicament. I'm professional and I get on with things.

"It's not a problem and football will never be a problem for me". I'm supposed to be here so this is where I put in all my energy.

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