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Guardiola on Phillips, Haaland and Spurs

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

Pep Guardiola has spoken to the media before Manchester City's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Tottenham.

Here are the main lines from his news conference:

  • On Kalvin Phillips' impending loan move to West Ham: "He travelled yesterday to make a medical test, but it is not completely done. It is going to be a loan for six months and hopefully he can play the minutes he deserves and I couldn’t give to him. I wish him well. I said many times, he is [both] an exceptional human being and a football player otherwise he wouldn’t be in the national team."

  • Erling Haaland is edging closer to a first appearance defeat on 6 December at Aston Villa: "He is on the verge of coming back. Tomorrow he will not be ready but he is close. Training camp was good. He trained some sessions, the last few days here he trained, but it is not perfect and we will wait a little bit more."

  • There remain other injury issues: "Manuel (Akanji) is out. John Stones is back for team selection. Ederson is OK."

  • He spoke about chief operations officer Omar Berrada's decision to become chief executive at Manchester United: "So he changes his street. He has been an important person - the right hand to Ferran [Soriano]. We were quite happy with Omar but he has decided for himself to leave. We try and keep the best people here but it can happen. The club will move forward and find the right person."

  • On comments by Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin that 'we knew we were right' about City's alleged FFP breaches: "He should wait and after do whatever he wants. As a lawyer, he should respect the procedure and understand we have a right to defend ourselves."

  • He gave little credence to a question of whether this is a 'new' Tottenham under Ange Postecoglou: "We have not been able to win any games there, so they have been dangerous all the time."

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