Guardiola fumes as star misses work permit ahead of Arsenal tie
Pep Guardiola has expressed his disappointment over Douglas Luiz missing the work permit that would have allowed him to feature for Manchester City.
The 20-year old had been identified by Guardiola as a backup option for Fernandinho but with him missing the permit, he would be allowed to move on loan to Girona. With the exit of Yaya Toure, the Premier League defending manager will have limited options on the pivotal midfield position for the next season.
“He’s not allowed [to play for us]. We are going to try to help him to go on loan again [to Girona] and try to get the work permit [for that]. It’s so difficult for me to understand. One guy who doesn’t see the player or any training sessions every day has to judge if Douglas has the ability and quality to play. I accept the rules but I don’t understand because anybody in the world can work wherever he wants." Guardiola fumed.
The Catalan would have preferred to be notified earlier that his midfielder would not be granted the document saying that would have given him room to evaluate options.
“I would have preferred it if it wasn’t announced yesterday. If they decide the rules are the rules, let me know 15 days ago and maybe we can decide what we can do. The manager from Brazil [Tite] and I know more than the guys who decide he is not able to play. I am so sad and disappointed for Douglas because he could help us, play with us. He has shown many good things in training sessions and the reason why we spent a lot of money to buy him [£10.7m] is that he is a player with a huge capacity to play for us.” Guardiola said.
City will be facing Arsenal in their first match as they look to defend their title on Sunday, 12th. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling could be included in the team although they returned late from their extended post World Cup break.