Pep Guardiola: My message to Jose Mourinho ahead of Manchester derby

“We know the humidity for the training is not ideal but we also know that it’s so important to come here to know the people and to play a good two games against amazing teams like United and Dortmund.

“We don’t want to expend too much energy in training because of the humidity but we stay here, we play, and then go back to Manchester for two more weeks of preparation before the first official game.”

Vincent Kompany was among those training this morning, albeit working away from his team-mates as the City captain looks to bounce back from a difficult run of injuries.

Guardiola confirmed the Belgium defender will not feature against United but was unwilling to put a date on his return to first-team action.

“The most important thing is for Vincent to get fit,” he said.

“If it’s for Sunderland, perfect. If it’s against the defending champions, perfect. He has to get fit. That’s all.”

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