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Pep Guardiola rules out Jadon Sancho return to Manchester City

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The attacking midfielder, now a full England international, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola has dismissed the possibility of Jadon Sancho returning to Manchester City this summer.

Sancho, the City Academy graduate who left the club for Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17 three years ago, is now regarded as one of Europe's hottest properties.

The attacking midfielder, now a full England international, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but City were also thought to be a potential destination for the Londoner.

With Leroy Sane poised to join Bayern Munich there could even have been extra reason for Guardiola to seek a player with Sancho's attributes but the City boss appears to have little interest.

Leroy Sane's departure may have opened a door for new arrivals (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola said: "No, no, no. He decided to leave. Why should he decide to come back?

"We wanted him to stay like Eric Garcia and Phil (Foden) but he decided like Leroy now and myself, when I decided to move to other countries to be a manager, to move.

"When he decided to move to Dortmund it's not because he is going to decide to come back one year later. It would make no sense. He didn't want to be here, so that is why I think he doesn't want to come back here."

Guardiola accepts, however, that some elements of his team do need to be rebuilt.

“When he decided to move to Dortmund it's not because he is going to decide to come back one year later. It would make no sense”
- Pep Guardiola on Leroy Sane

After winning the Premier League for the past two years and a domestic treble last season, City have handed over the title to Liverpool this term.

City failed to replace Vincent Kompany last summer and another veteran performer in David Silva will leave at the end of the current campaign.

Guardiola said: "It's part of the process. We'd like to stay with the players who gave us what they did for the last decade, those of the last 10 years to be eternal, but we grow in years and sometimes we have to do it and replace them with new players.

"For the absence of Vinny, David – and Fernandinho and Sergio (Aguero) have one year left, and I don't know if they will extend or not – some players have to be replaced.

"But it's not a disaster thing, or bad thing, it's part of football for the age, for the normal situation and circumstances."

Ilkay Gundogan feels lucky to have played for Guardiola and Klopp (Julian Finney/NMC Pool/PA)

City host newly-crowned champions Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. The Reds, who secured the title last week, have a 23-point advantage over City as they head to Manchester.

Their success is down, in a large part, to the impact of their manager Jurgen Klopp, under whom City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan won a Bundesliga title at Dortmund.

Gundogan said: "I feel privileged to have worked with Jurgen but also to be with Pep now. I am grateful and thankful for both, because they taught me so much.

"I don't think there is any player who has had the opportunity to work with both so I feel lucky."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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