Pep Guardiola: winning matches, not titles, is my motivation

Pep Guardiola

GETTY Man City boss Pep Guardiola is seeking his second Premier League title

For the first time since the summer transfer window was opened in 2003 teams in England decided that they wanted to close the window in time for the start of the Premier League season. What he achieved at Sevilla, winning three Europa Leagues in a row.

But the deal would fall through when Chelsea made an outrageous €222 million demand that Madrid felt was an unrealistic price to pay for the forward.

United is further hamstrung with a host of key players, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who were involved in the later stages of the World Cup, limiting their preseason preparations.

No side since United nine years ago has retained the title, with Chelsea (twice) and Leicester failing to even make the top four in the past three seasons.

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The club were linked with a number of names, notably Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, for who they had a £25million bid rejected on Wednesday. The goal looked like it had ended the contest, but Leicester kept fighting, looking to bring at least one back.Doing what he does best, Vardy snuck one back in the 92nd minute after an expertly placed cross from Ricardo deflected off the Manchester United post, with Vardy on hard to poach the goal.

"We chose to spend, because we should spend, because we had seven, eight players more than 31-years-old".

Tottenham Hotspurs was the only team in the league to not have signed any player in the current transfer window.

"I will focus on the players that are available, so I am not even thinking about that list of injured players I gave you, (Nemanja) Matic, (Antonio) Valencia and so on".

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Claude Puel's realistic aim will be to have Leicester finish in the top half of the Premier League this season. For example, Alexis Sanchez had a good pre-season with lots of matches and lots of minutes.

Manchester United ended up in a disappointing second place last season as they failed to win a trophy in Mourinho's second campaign in charge at Old Trafford. Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semifinals.

Players could still leave the Premier League - with Chelsea's Eden Hazard a reported target for Spanish giants Real Madrid, although the Blues would then not be able to sign a replacement.

The player, however, made a decision to enter the jet going to France and joined Monaco at the last minute, saying it was a better club for him to develop on his football career.

Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal worldwide should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener.

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But clubs had another two hours after the deadline to finalise paperwork - during which Everton signed Colombia defender Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes on loan from Barcelona - having signed free agent Bernard earlier in the day.

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