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Pep Guardiola responds to Barcelona pursuit of Man City forward Ferran Torres



Pep Guardiola was tight-lipped on the future of Ferran Torres but did not criticise Barcelona for their public pursuit of the player.

Manchester City only signed Torres in the summer of 2020 and signed him up to a five-year contract but, as previously reported by M.E.N Sport, Barcelona are looking to tempt him away from the Etihad as soon as the January transfer window and Torres would be open to a move.

Barcelona’s sporting director and CEO were in Manchester last week and visited City’s training facility, while their vice-president Rafael Yuste subsequently went on record to confirm the club’s interest.

Guardiola rarely talks about any aspect of the transfer window in his press conferences and doesn’t like speaking about players from other clubs.

He repeated that stance when asked about Torres ahead of the Aston Villa game. However, when asked if the way Barcelona were going about trying to sign Torres bothered him he suggested that it was the unfortunate norm of the industry.

“It’s not my business, you have to go to Txiki [Begiristain] or the agent of Ferran Torres, or Barcelona, I’m not the guy to talk about it. In six years I don’t talk about these issues.

“We call some players from other clubs when we are interested, so I completely understand. I would prefer not but it is what it is. We cannot control that and it depends on many, many things.”





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