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Manchester City manager Pep
Guardiola has confirmed his
interest in signing Everton
defender John Stones.
The England defender has been
linked with the club for several
months now and City are keen
to push through a deal for the
Everton are holding out for
upwards of £50 million for the
England international and that
remains a sticking point, although
Guardiola remains keen to add
Stones and Schalke forward Leroy
"Sane is a player from Schalke.
If he comes, we ll be happy. If he
stays, I ll be happy for the Schalke
fans," said the Catalan after his
side s penalty shoot-out win over
Borussia Dortmund, where Sergio
Aguero s second-half goal was
cancelled out in added time by
Christian Pulisic at the Interna-
tional Champions Cup in China.
In relation to Stones, Guardiola
told his post-match press con-
ference: "It s the same answer for
Sane - he s a player for Everton.
"Everyone knows we re going
to try but we will see."
Stones flew out to Germany
with the Everton squad yesterday
for a two-match tournament in
The defender played 30 min-
utes of Tuesday s win at MK
Dons, his first appearance since
returning from extended leave
after being part of England s Euro
Guardiola also said midfielder
Samir Nasri hasn t featured yet
in the pre-season friendlies
because he is overweight.
Nasri was not in the France
squad for the European Cham-
pionship so returned to pre-sea-
son training at City having not
played since May.
Guardiola says "Samir arrived
a little bit overweight ... but he s
much, much better now."
City s new manager hopes the
29-year-old Nasri will have lost
the excess weight in two weeks.
Speaking after City beat Borus-
sia Dortmund on penalties in a
friendly yesterday, Guardiola said
there s "still a little bit of weight.
And last season he was over-
weight and he was injured all the
season. We want to avoid that."
Chelsea s Cesc Fabregas has apologised to Liv-
erpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the studs-
up challenge which saw the midfielder sent off
in their International Champions Cup clash in
The Spain international slid in and caught the
new signing on the top of his foot in the second
half of the Blues 1-0 win and the referee Bal-
domero Toledo immediately brandished a red
However, Fabregas sought out the Estonia inter-
national afterwards to offer his apologies.
"He (Fabregas) came by us in the dressing room
and said sorry," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
told his post-match press conference.
"He came too late in the challenge, of course.
Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red
card, especially in football."
Klopp has concerns over another new signing,
Marko Grujic, after the midfielder was taken to
hospital with suspected concussion after a collision
with Bertrand Traore towards the end of the first
"The biggest problem for me in this moment
is that Marko Grujic is in hospital, because he
can t remember anything. That s not too cool,"
added the German.
"Hopefully it s not too serious. Injuries after
games like this in pre-season is the biggest problem
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had no issues
with Fabregas red card.
"In this period the fatigue can sometimes bring
a bit of going too late," he said.
"I know Fabregas is a good man and it is not
his habit to have this sort of situation."
Conte also backed captain John Terry, who
signed a new one-year contract in May after it
appeared he was destined to leave the club, to
play a big part this season - although he suggested
the 35-year-old may not play as regularly.
"John Terry is the captain and he is working
very well, like the other players," said the Italian.
"I am very happy with his attitude and I know
he loves this team and this shirt.
"It is very important because he can transfer
his passion for this club to the other players.
"He can play an important role this year if he
plays and if he doesn t play."
Conte also expressed his desire to keep winger
Juan Cuadrado, who was loaned out to Juventus
last season and has been linked with a move away
"In my idea of football I love the role of the
winger when doing a one-v-one. Cuadrado is one
of these," said the Chelsea boss.
"I am pleased to train him and when today you
can have a substitution of Cuadrado and Pedro
to replace Willian and (Victor) Moses, it is good
"Cuadrado is a Chelsea player and I hope he
to Klavan over tackle
Pep confirms interest in Stones, Sane
Manchester City's Jesus Navas, right, controls the ball over
Borussia Dortmund's Sebastian Rode, during the 2016
International Champions Cup soccer match between
Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, in Shenzhen in
south China's Guangdong province, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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