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Guardiola on Walker, Kompany's Burnley and why City is the perfect place to be

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

Pep Guardiola has spoken to the media before Manchester City host Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Here are the main lines from his news conference:

  • On revelations about Kyle Walker's personal life and if he remains as captain: "I support him and [wife] Annie and don't talk one word about personal issues of my players. Absolutely [he remains as captain] because it's a decision for the team and not mine."

  • On Erling Haaland's return after eight weeks out with a foot injury: "It is the first time he is back. He is an important player for us."

  • On facing Vincent Kompany's Burnley: "I have a lot of respect for Vinny. I know what he's trying to do. Sometimes the results are good or bad, but the team is alive. They played really well away at Aston Villa and Spurs in the cup. The results are tight so we have to prepare as well as possible."

  • On Xavi's decision to stand down as Barcelona boss in the summer: "I understand completely. We cannot compare the pressure we have in England from Spain. It's a thousand times higher and tougher there. Here, for managers, is a real place to be. It's a lot of games and six press conferences a week, but the pressure you feel in Barcelona is not comparable."

  • On how positive he feels about being at City: "I have everything that a manager could dream of. The hierarchy support me and always have. We change a lot of players in seven years, but all of them have been incredibly supportive. It is a good environment. I still feel good and one day it is going to finish but I don't think about that right now."

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