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Guardiola pleased with City’s transfer efforts and predicts he’ll be ‘a god’ next season

Date Posted,June 23, 2017

Pep Guardiola says he can be “a god” next season after promising Manchester City will be better.

The Spaniard ended his first campaign in English football empty-handed after a tough baptism last season.

City finished 15 points behind Premier League winners Chelsea in third place.

It was the first time ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola had not won a trophy as a boss as his halo slipped.

But the 46-year vowed on Friday: “We will be better next season.

“I know always when you win you are a god and it’s good.”

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Guardiola has had three weeks’ holiday relaxing in Barcelona and is relishing the start of pre-season next month.

He added: “I was so happy in Manchester, being manager there and that’s why I will be so delighted to return on July 10 and start again. I still enjoyed it a lot last season.

“If you don’t win, during the process of 11 months together, you can still enjoy being with your staff and the players and imagining new games and new actions.

“Sometimes it happens that the opponents always play good and can beat us, but the beautiful thing is the process and being there to have fun.”

Manchester City have signed goalkeeper Ederson (Photo: AFP)

Guardiola is back in England this weekend playing in the Icons of football golf tournament at The Belfry alongside household names like Ryan Giggs.

In the meantime, Guardiola will continue to shape City’s squad for next season with Spurs right-back Kyle Walker a target.

He has already splashed out on Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43million. He has also spent £35m on Brazilian keeper Ederson from Benfica.

Guardiola added: “Yes, I’m happy. The club made a good effort.”

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