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City swoop to snap up PSG teenage sensation Gomes

 

By Robert Jones

Manchester City have announced the signing of Claudio Gomes from Paris St Germain.

The 18-year-old French defensive midfielder made five appearances for the Ligue 1 champions' Under-23 side in the UEFA Youth League last season.

Gomes has also represented France at various youth levels and is the current captain of Les Bleus' Under-18.

City say Gomes is "quick, strong and an excellent tackler with great vision and energy."

He is currently in the United States with City's first team squad and could feature in the Blues' remaining tour matches against Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

"He has been so good, so good," City's manager said when asked about Gomes' contribution in training earlier on in the tour.

Asked whether Gomes will be a part of City's first-team squad next season, Guardiola said: "My opinion is that at that age you have to play. You need minutes, if not with us then with the second team."

Guardiola has confirmed the club are not interested in signing Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

City have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international after missing out on target Jorginho, who joined Chelsea on the same day this month as Maurizio Sarri - his boss at Napoli - was named as the new manager at Stamford Bridge.

When Guardiola was asked about Pjanic at a press conference in New York on Tuesday, he said: "Pjanic is a player of Juventus and we are not interested in him. He is a top player, but we are not interested in him."

Since winning the Premier League last season in record-breaking fashion, City have recruited winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for a club-record £60million.

On the possibility of making further additions before the August 9 deadline, Guardiola added at the press conference: "We will see. We are going to decide. Maybe, maybe not, we will see. In this moment, we have a good enough squad."

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