However, Italy global Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Sunday's Community Shield opponents Chelsea, and Guardiola is ready to give a chance to 20-year-old Brazilian Luiz, who joined from Vasco da Gama in a £10 million move last summer.
I'm happy that a manager of that level is here in the Premier League.
"We will see", Guardiola is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. The midfielder played only 17 games in Spain, mostly as a substitute, but has impressed during pre-season to the extent Guardiola believes he can deputise for Fernandinho. It is my first time and I want to win.
Chelsea fans can breath a sigh of relief after Maurizio Sarri on Friday confirmed that Brazilian winger Willian will be staying at the club.
"They know how important they are, they know how we love them", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the Community Shield meeting with Chelsea. The Premier League is the best league in the world. Antonio [Conte] was, Maurizio will be too.
"The way he plays, I think will be flawless for English football".
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In fact, the forward's performance may have convinced Sarri to give him a chance in the first-team rather than loan him out. I don't know the situation at this moment.
But the 21-year-old striker came in for criticism in his homeland after five goalless appearances at Russian Federation 2018 as Tite's side bowed out against Belgium at the quarter-final stage - a 2-1 defeat that began with City colleague Fernandinho scoring an own goal. We started two and a half weeks ago.
And to really kill the rumours linking the wantaway winger to United and Barcelona, Sarri had an assured response when asked if he was confident that the right winger would stay at the club.
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.
Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois. "The match will be very hard for us", he said.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been urged to smile more by one of the club's former players.
City face Arsenal away on August 12 in a high-profile start to their Premier League title defence while Chelsea have an away trip to Huddersfield the previous day.