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“We are back” — Manchester City summer signing makes confident Premier League title claim



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Josko Gvardiol has backed Manchester City to win a fourth straight Premier League title, despite his side trailing Liverpool in the standings.

The Croatian signed for the Etihad club in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of €90 million from RB Leipzig, being labeled as a future star in defence for City after superb performances for the Bundesliga outfit.

Despite the quartet of Manuel Akanji, John Stones, Ruben Dias, and Nathan Ake proving their worth for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 2022/23 season, Gvardiol slotted straight into the team upon making the move from Saxony.

The 22-year-old has made 24 appearances for City so far this season, mainly featuring as a left-back despite doing his best work for RB Leipzig and Croatia in the centre of defence.

Speaking while on a warm-weather training break in Abu Dhabi this week, the Man City new-boy did not shy away from showing his confidence in the Blues’ chances to win a fourth straight Premier League title – and his first.

“The real thing is that I’m kind of that guy as well, it’s true,” Gvardiol said in an interview with the National News.

“I know how [Pep Guardiola] works, you’re just not happy with whatever you’ve done and you want more,” said Gvardiol.

“I will not tell you the secret, I said many times the season is long. We are back, of course some injured players, but they are coming back as well, hopefully.

“All I can say is that the league until the end is going to be very interesting and of course we are aiming to win everything.”

While Manchester City recently received a major boost in the form of Kevin De Bruyne’s return to the team after a long-term hamstring injury, the Blues are still without the services of John Stones and Erling Haaland, though the pair are now back in training.

Next up for the Premier League champions is a trip to north London to square off with Ange Postecoglou’s resurgent Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup fourth round.