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Fourteen of his 15 appearances in Spain's top flight came off the bench but his displays during pre-season have convinced Guardiola that Douglas Luiz could provide the extra midfield body instead of prime target Jorginho, who opted to join Chelsea and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. "We are going to try and convince the federation or the guys who decide the work permit to allow him to stay because I think he has potential to play and improve with us. I saw three games - he gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants", he said.

A high-octane set-up and such an adjustment to their work under Antonio Conte means Chelsea's players are likely to need more time to adapt to Sarri's attempts to bring a thrilling style.

Manchester City and Chelsea meet in Sunday's Community Shield with the battle between the two managers likely to be one of the main features.

Manchester City are the Premier League's defending champions, and favourites to win the division again this season.

"Always Chelsea is a big rival".

Maurizio Sarri has revealed Pep Guardiola warned him of the difficulties in making the move to English football when the pair met over dinner in Italy this summer.

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First up we start with Tosin.

Reportedly due to a passport issue, the 29-year-old couldn't enter the country and earlier in the week, Sarri had stated that he wasn't impressed with his player's tardiness.

When asked if Willian would remain at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told Sky Sports: "Yes. We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics".

Guardiola added: "Jorginho is a special player for the way we want to play".

City face Arsenal away on August 12 in a high-profile start to their Premier League title defence while Chelsea have an away trip to Huddersfield the previous day.

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