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Pep Guardiola knows there are more important issues than football

The City boss last week donated one million euros to aid the battle against coronavirus in Spain.

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Pep Guardiola has released a message to supporters (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola has released a message to supporters (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola has released a message to supporters (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola is deeply missing football but the Manchester City manager underlined the importance of staying safe by remaining at home during the coronavirus crisis.

Sports across the globe have been suspended as countries look to curb the spread of Covid-19 and few expect the Premier League to return anytime soon.

Guardiola last week donated one million euros (£918,000) to aid the battle against coronavirus in Spain and has released a message to City fans urging them to heed medical advice.

“We miss football,” he said. “We miss the life that we had a few days ago but now is the time to listen, to follow our scientists, doctors and nurses.

“You are my football family and we are going to do everything possible to make you feel better. We’ll come back from this stronger, better, kinder… and a little bit fatter. Stay inside, stay safe.”

Guardiola’s video message came as the club launched the new ‘Cityzens At Home’ website dedicated to providing fans with news, advice and activities during these unprecedented times.

There will be bespoke coaching videos from members of the City staff, as well as daily skills challenges and players’ favourite recipes among other offerings.

PA