By Jamie Goodwin
Spaniard talks about recent UAE trip at Premier League club’s kit launch
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his recent trip to Abu Dhabi has given him “a greater understanding” of the Premier League club’s ownership.
The Spanish former Bayern Munich boss officially took charge at the Etihad Stadium on July 1, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.
The club was taken over by the Sheikh Mansour-led Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008. It remains under the deputy prime minister’s ownership in the form of the City Football Group.
“I am extremely excited to join Manchester City," said Guardiola, who also managed FC Barcelona.
“It was a great pleasure to be in Abu Dhabi recently for planning meetings, which gave me an even greater understanding of the club’s ownership.
“The level of hospitality I found there was so warm and it is obvious how visible City fans are across UAE and beyond. I’m looking forward to meeting more of them in the future.”
Guardiola was speaking at the launch of the club’s new 2016-17 Nike home kit, which goes on sale across the Middle East on July 14.
About 7,000 fans turned out at the Etihad Stadium to hear the 45-year-old speak for the first time as City manager, according to BBC Sport.
"I like the players who don't just think for themselves but think about Manchester City," he said.
"We are all the people who are working here. The reason we are here is thinking 'what can we do to make this club a better club'.
"I don't want the guys to think about what the club can do for them. We are here to make Manchester City a better club in the next three, four, five years."