I'll finish where I started - Guardiola wants return to Barca B

Manchester City are set to face Fulham on Saturday

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I will finish where I started: "my last steps will hopefully be in the academy of Barça".

The Belgium midfielder signed a new contract in January, which keeps him at the club until 2023 and Guardiola denied telling a Spanish journalist about his buyout clause.

"He's a nice guy, so I don't have any bad words about him - we are here to try to help, not just him, but everybody".

The recent worldwide break has again seen City winger Leroy Sane in the headlines over his slow start to the new season.

Lionel Messi has been at Barcelona since he was a small boy and during his time at the Catalan club, he has seen hundreds of players come and go.

"He has to respond in the right way".

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"We can not forget Leroy is 22". Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raz (Raheem Sterling) - the other ones are young - and he will grow up.

The pair have found it hard to break into Pep Guardiola's side this season, with Delph yet to play in the Premier League and Foden limited to eight minutes off the bench in the recent 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield. Only a handful of players such as Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves have struck up that nearly telepathic bond with the Argentine, however, but Sergio Busquets is one of them.

"They have really good players and [I like] the way they want to play", Guardiola submitted.

Guardiola also stressed youngster Phil Foden's time will come after suggestions some more appearances for City could accelerate his pathway into Gareth Southgate's England team.

"It's well-known we're delighted with him and would like him to continue", said Guardiola. I do my best and I think Phil is ready.

"His work ethic is incredible and he will have a lot of minutes this season".

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