Pep Guardiola lauds Jack Grealish after Man City debut and explains striker transfer plan

Leicester v Man City: Match in pictures

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claimed Jack Grealish put in a “very good” display on his debut against Leicester on Saturday. Grealish came on after 65 minutes at Wembley but could not prevent his side from losing 1-0 in the Community Shield.

City completed the signing of Grealish on Thursday, making him the most-expensive Premier League player of all time at £100million.

The England international only had one training session with his new team-mates on Friday but was named in the squad by Guardiola.

The City boss says it will take time for the former Aston Villa captain to get to know his team-mates.

But he says the early signs were positive against Leicester.

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Guardiola said: “He was good [Grealish]. Really good. He was aggressive against the full backs.

“He will get to know his mates and step by step he will find his best.”

City were unable to break Leicester down and it was the Foxes who won the match late on, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a penalty against his former side.

Guardiola was asked if the performance underlined the need for City to sign a striker before the end of the transfer window.

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He told ITV: “No. We have to [get] back all the players that we have on holidays because they have to rest and they have to come back.

“I think tomorrow, after tomorrow everyone will be here and that’s what we have to do.”

City want to sign Tottenham star Harry Kane and Guardiola confirmed his interest in the player on Friday.

However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss says he will put up with his current resources if a deal cannot happen this month.

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Asked if he will replace the departed Sergio Aguero, Guardiola added: “I spoke about that at the end of last season if it would happen.

“It depends if it is possible. If [it is] we do it, if not we go without a striker.”

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted to back up the FA Cup success in May with another piece of silverware.

Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester: “There was a great feeling coming here today. Every Leicester player, fan, staff member coming here, it was a really special feeling.

“We wanted to take that into the game and keep that feeling going, and thankfully we’ve done that.”

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