Pep frustrated after Luiz work permit refused

Manchester City's Douglas Luiz during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Bayern Munich and Manchester City

Manchester City's Douglas Luiz during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Bayern Munich and Manchester City

Guardiola was baffled by the decision as he thinks Luiz, who joined from Vasco Da Gama for £10.7 million a year...

FA rules on work permits were changed in 2015 "to ensure only the most talented non-EU players meet new criteria".

"I accept the rules but it's hard to understand".

City asked the Home Office for a permit on the basis of his "outstanding talent" a view backed up by Brazil boss Tite and ex-Arsenal midfielder Edu, with the pair sending a video recommendation to the panel. I don't understand but I'm in England and I can accept it. I am sad and disappointed as he could play with us, and the reason why we spent so much to buy him is he has a huge capacity to play with us, we work a lot with the work permit as we believe he can play.

'But one day before and you decide he can't play because, I don't know, he's not tall enough, doesn't play enough, games in the past or something like that.

'I would have preferred it if it wasn't announced yesterday, ' he said.

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They spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have. The former Real Madrid manager did not want to speak about the transfer market any more since it had closed.

On Wednesday, Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia told TyC Sports they had approached Guardiola but any deal was "impossible" because they would have needed a "fat wallet" to cover his salary. Let us know in the comment section below. "We did some research, we tried to talk but it stayed there", he was reported as saying.

On Friday, Guardiola denied he had been contacted.

"He's not allowed", Guardiola said.

"I'm a little bit disappointed because he can not say", he said.

He added: "The Argentina national team has to have an Argentinian manager". "To know that, he has to know my salary".

Guardiola had hoped Luiz would give him an extra option in midfield but City did not get endorsement from the Football Association for their work permit application. According to Guardiola, the youngster will be loaned out again this season.

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