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City return for Sancho very unlikely while I'm here: Pep


Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

By Staff Reporter

Pep Guardiola feels Jadon Sancho is unlikely to return to Manchester City while he is manager.

Sancho (18) shone on his England debut against Croatia last week having made big strides since leaving City for Borussia Dortmund in an £8m deal last year.

His emergence has seen him linked with a big-money move back to a Premier League club but, having decided to quit City, Guardiola would not expect him back at the Etihad Stadium.

The City manager said: "I don't know, in football you never say 'no', but I don't know. I think when he decided to move on it was because he didn't want to be here. When he doesn't want to be here I think he's not looking forward to coming back here.

"Maybe in the future - new club, new managers - but I don't know."

City host Burnley today in a game that could see Kevin de Bruyne return after two months out with a knee injury.

Guardiola said: "I don't know if he's able to play 90 minutes but he trained really well the last two weeks with no pain and he's ready to be part of the group.

"He's so important for us. When a player is out, I like it when they're back to make us stronger."

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