"We want him to stay but he does not have a work permit yet so we will try to convince the federation to allow him to stay", the City manager said.
Most of the players who were on duty at the World Cup have now returned to training but Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are still on their post-Russia breaks.
Fourteen of his 15 appearances in Spain's top flight came off the bench but his displays during pre-season have convinced Guardiola that Douglas Luiz could provide the extra midfield body instead of prime target Jorginho, who opted to join Chelsea and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. "We are going to start to think what we have do to this season to maintain the level of last season".
Arsenal would even delay the team photograph until after the game so we could display as many trophies as possible!
A high-octane set-up and such an adjustment to their work under Antonio Conte means Chelsea's players are likely to need more time to adapt to Sarri's attempts to bring a thrilling style.
In addition, both sides have shown weakness at the back in their pre-season games so far, with Chelsea keeping just one clean sheet (against Perth Glory) and City without a shutout.
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"I spoke yesterday (Thursday) with him about his lateness, not about his future".
"I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival". "I want players who want to come to Manchester City. At this point of the season it is important the performance, we have to improve up close". Chelsea won the FA Cup in Conte's final match in charge, after finishing fifth as City won the league title at a canter.
"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy".
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury. Meanwhile, FA Cup-holders Chelsea are starting the campaign under another new manager in Maurizio Sarri.
"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea", Sarri added.