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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with Leroy Sane
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with Leroy Sane

Pep Guardiola expects Leroy Sane to stay with Manchester City after watching him shine in record signing Rodri's debut in their 4-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The Premier League champions kicked-off their pre-season preparations in style with a smooth display over the Hammers despite conceding an early Mark Noble penalty.

David Silva equalised in Nanjing before Lukas Nmecha, who spent last season on loan at Preston, put City ahead from the penalty spot and a Raheem Sterling double finished the job in the second half.

After a fine display from Sane, Guardiola claimed City had always been keen to keep the German despite interest from Bayern Munich all summer.

Guardiola made it clear the 23-year-old was a key part of his plans as he says Sane has the potential to do great things at City, but did warn that he only wants happy players in his squad.

Asked if he expected Sane to stay at the Etihad Stadium, the City boss said: "Yes." He added: "The club made him an offer last year. As I said many times, we want people happy to be here. We are going to help him to be the best.

"We know his potential and what his level is. He has a special quality difficult to find around the world. He knows, they all know, it's difficult (to play regularly) because of the quality we have.

"But, at the same time, I spoke to the club 10 times (to say) I want people here to be happy. If they don't want, they go. The desire to have him to be with us is always there."

Asked for clarification on whether Sane would stay, Guardiola said: "I answered the question, and I was really clear."

Fielding a mixture of youth and experience, City made light of this week's travel problems, and in hot and humid conditions they came from behind to comfortably beat the Hammers in their Premier League Asia Trophy opener.

A Mark Noble penalty gave the Hammers a 25th-minute lead but City overhauled that deficit with two goals in 11 minutes courtesy of David Silva and a Lukas Nmecha spot-kick.

A Sterling double completed City's victory after the break although West Ham hit the post late on through Andriy Yarmolenko.

"All 22 players made an incredible effort to play in these conditions. It's really tough for them," said Guardiola.

Guardiola was unwilling to speak about one of the other stories of the summer involving City, and their apparent interest in Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

Asked if City were chasing the England international, the Spaniard simply said: "Leicester player."

West Ham's day had started well with the announcement of record signing Sebastien Haller but, in terms of the game, manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his side faded after a bright start.

He said: "In the first half I was happy with the performance of our team. We played quite well and had chances near their box.

"But we conceded two goals in two minutes and against Manchester City you cannot concede those goals.

"In the second half, they improved a lot as we made many changes. I think we made important mistakes in our defending but they played better in the second half.

"I was happy offensively. It is not easy to create chances against Manchester City but we must concentrate more in defence."

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