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Guardiola: Man City to rein in spending after record outlay

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Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva

And as the build-up to Saturday's Premier League opener away at Brighton continues, Guardiola revealed how grateful he was to the City board for their work in clinching the signing of Bernardo. Diario Gol have suggested that the 25-year-old has sparked interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United and City.

Pep explained City's heavy investment, saying, "We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years".

Guardiola will travel to Brighton with new signings Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker and Danilo, although Benjamin Mendy is still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury.

They return to the fray this weekend having spent around £200 million ($261 million, 221.3 million euros) on players and Guardiola believes an exciting new team is taking shape.

That is how you stay at the top for a sustained period of time.

The decision was made in July, before City had played the majority of their pre-season friendlies. But I think it is unsustainable.

"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper.

Goal revealed earlier in August that Sancho had already said goodbye to his youth-team colleagues, who were left under the impression that he would join Borussia Dortmund. "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said.

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form.

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect".

"People say in my first press conference we are favourites".

Brighton could find it hard to match England's best sides and we definitely expect in-form Manchester City to win the game at Amex.

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season. We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

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