Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

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I am interested to see whether Chelsea put all their eggs into the Premier League basket or in the Champions League, but I suspect they will go for the latter as Antonio Conte has more of a point to prove in Europe.

The club reacted with a glut of new signings - three new full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva - and now look a force to be reckoned with.

It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off. Play with intelligence as you are going to be playing against teams that are better than us.

"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy".

Across town at Manchester United, Guardiola's old sparring partner Jose Mourinho is also looking to kick on after ending a hard debut season with a silver flourish. The next three or four years City will buy one, two maybe three players.

Mendy also struggled with injuries last season but still managed to make 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco as Leonardo Jardim's side won France's top flight, contributing five assists.

What happens here will be absolutely no indication of what will happen to the Seagulls this season - that will come when they play the teams that I think will be down in the bottom six.

'It's going to finish.

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The financial power of the Premier League means that promotion is usually accompanied by a spending spree to try to stay in the world's richest soccer competition.

"Pablo [Zabaleta], [Bacary] Sagna, [Aleksandar] Kolarov and [Gael] Clichy - all of them they are more than 33 years old and they don't have the legs to go up and down".

With plenty of time until deadline day, The Grapevine has the very latest football transfer news from the Premier League's top clubs in our round-up below.

Councillor Alan Robins speaks about the welcome visiting fans can expect when they arrive on the Sussex coast, not just at the ground but in the city too. But that patience appears to be wearing thin after the fleet-footed winger made only nine Premier League starts last season.

Burnley - It was a decent season for it last time, but this one will be far tougher and it hasn't signed the quality to keep its status in the Premier League.

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times.

"Everyone knows that I stopped my worldwide career, so I had a good break".

As a result the 46-year-old boss is under pressure to win something this season and Distin believes if the club can fix its defensive problems they are contenders for the title. OK, we cant say the bookies are always right (thank you Leicester City!) but there is a reason why City are heavy favourites to carry off the trophy next May....we reckon we've listed many of them here for you!

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