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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Barcelona return for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City play pre-season camp

Camp in Catalonia for benefit for players who missed Premier League club's US tour.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is all set for a homecoming. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is all set for a homecoming. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is to take his squad to a training camp in Catalonia less than a day after the start of their Premier League season.

The former Barcelona coach will return to his homeland for a four-day stay - which includes a friendly against Primera Liga debutants Girona - just hours after kicking off their campaign at newcomers Brighton on August 12.

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City say it is a chance for Guardiola to work with the full squad as some players missed the pre-season trip to the United States.

"This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp," director of football Txiki Begiristain told mancity.com. "We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn't had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.

"The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in La Liga."

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