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Pep Guardiola Gives Update on Vincent Kompany Fitness Ahead of Huddersfield Clash

Huddersfield face promotion rivals Newcastle at the weekend live on Sky Sports Huddersfield face promotion rivals Newcastle at the weekend live on Sky Sports
Kristopher Love | 01 March, 2017, 00:44

It served to underline that Manchester City have left Abu Dhabi behind, travelling several thousand miles and exchanging a sunny-weather break for a distinctly cold England.

For Pep Guardiola, a first meeting with his ultimate boss went well.

"I speak regularly with Khaldoon [Al-Mubarak, chairman]". But we met Sheikh Mansour for the first time and I was impressed how he knew everything about us and it was nice to spend some time with him. But of course, he knows and I know it depends on the results.

"I will decide about that at the end of the season", Guardiola told a news conference.

'He is so happy because he sees all the games and he sees the effort, he demands it.

"He knows we fight until the end, and it was nice because it's important for us to know the president".

In his absence, the increasing impatience of owners was highlighted when the champions dismissed Claudio Ranieri.

Asked when Kompany might return, Guardiola said "soon" and that he "definitely" could play a full part in the remainder of the season. "Sergio has been an important player for this club in the past and will continue to be an important player for us".

"I had a good relations with nearly all my owners in Barcelona and Bayern Munich [former clubs] - it is important to know them". I know we have to win but I've handled that in the past and I will in the present.

"It is important when we are together, both departments, the managers and owners, and that we share the same objective, the same target".

Joe Hart does not appear set to return to Man City with Pep Guardiola preferring Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo. We are here because of the results.

City's recent results have been excellent.

Caballero has played four of the last five games, with Bravo playing in the game at Huddersfield. The prize for the victor is a quarter-final at Middlesbrough. Sometimes, teams at the top of the Championship are stronger than teams in the Premier League. Huddersfield, with six successive wins before Saturday's draw at Barnsley, are the division's form side. It was all the more impressive as David Wagner had made seven changes.

"We were one week out so it is not about how exhausted they are, more a final against one team who impressed a lot when we played there".

"We are not concerned about the number of matches".

But Wells, who has spearheaded Huddersfield's promotion challenge in the Sky Bet Championship this season, says that despite their underdog status they still believe they can make the quarter-final.

City face a physical test.

Winning the Premier League this season looks unlikely, with City in third place, 11 points behind leaders Chelsea; they can, however, secure a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals by beating Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night, and can progress to the last eight of the Champions League by defending a 5-3 first-leg lead against Monaco on March 15.