Manchester City won’t loan Sergio Gomez out on loan after completing the Spain Under-21 international’s signing, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
The Premier League champions are close to finalizing a deal for the 21-year-old former Barcelona academy player after agreeing an initial fee of £11million with Anderlecht this week.
City had earmarked Gomez as a development player and were considering loaning him out to gain experience, but Guardiola’s squad currently lacks senior left-backs.
The departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko has left Joao Cancelo as the only senior specialist in the position, with youngster Josh Wilson-Esbrand another option.
Guardiola told a press conference: “He is for now. He will stay with us and he will be in the squad. Joao, Josh and him (they will compete) for left-back.
Gomez attracted attention under former City captain Vincent Kompany last season when he played at Anderlecht. He joined the Belgian club a year ago after a stint at Borussia Dortmund.
Guardiola said: “In the (U17) World Cup five years ago, Phil Foden was the best player and he (Gomez) was the second best player. He played in Spain U21 and was a young talent for Barcelona academy.
“He went to Dortmund and didn’t have many minutes, but last year he played under the good hands of Vincent Kompany and Anderlecht and he played really well. We have him targeted and could bring him here.”
Gomez is set to meet fellow signings Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Stefan Ortega at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland, the headliner, made an instant impression with two goals on his Premier League debut against West Ham last weekend.
Guardiola has been impressed with how the 22-year-old Norwegian has settled in, but he believes the £51m man is still a long way from the finished article.
He said: “He’s an exceptional player. No need to tell everyone, everyone knows, but we’ve only been together for a few weeks.
“He’s an incredible competitor, he wants to win and we’re going to walk this path together.
“But Erling, like Julian or Phil Foden or Cole Palmer, have a lot of room to improve. I don’t want Phil or Erling (because he’s) an exceptional player, (think) it’s over.
“I think he can be better and I think he has the will to do it.
“I’ve never seen a player at 21 or 22 – maybe (Lionel) Messi already was – but for the rest it’s never done. You can always improve.
“We’re going to try to end this season, next season and when he ends his career here (with him) and say ‘I’m a better player than when I arrived’.”
City hosts promoted Bournemouth in their first home game of the new season on Saturday and Guardiola expects a busy afternoon.
“Movers who are promoted in the early stages (of the season) have it so difficult because they don’t feel the pressure,” said the Spaniard, who has doubts because of Phillips’ injury.
“They are still in incredible spirits for the past season. They have nothing to lose, they give everything.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/sergio-gomez-pep-guardiola-premier-league-anderlecht-phil-foden-b2144003.html Pep Guardiola plans to keep new left-back Sergio Gomez at Man City