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Guardiola refuses to hit back at Valverde over De Jong

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola opted not to hit back at Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde following his criticism of the Citizen’s approach for Frenkie de Jong.

“No answer,” said the former Barca coach. “No answer to that, he’s my friend, so no problem.

“De Jong will be a Barcelona player. It’s finished. I don’t want to talk about it; it’s over. Not our player, not our business, [we] focus on Newcastle game.

“First of all, I’m not involved in negotiations. I give my opinion and we do our best and I’m so satisfied. The club worked incredibly and sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t, it’s not a problem at all.

“All the big clubs sometimes decide with players and the reality is what it is, sometimes it’s not possible. We have enough players to play [on Tuesday].”

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