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Man City signing Sarmiento excited to work with Guardiola: I never hesitated

Manchester City signing Dario Sarmiento insists joining the Premier League champions was always his priority.

Sarmiento, 18, sealed a move from Estudiantes to City in April for a reported initial fee of £5.2m. Estudiantes also have a 20 per cent sell on clause for the winger.

He told Marca: “The truth is that I don't know [of any other clubs interested], but as soon as they told me the real possibility of Manchester City, I did not hesitate, it made me very happy and I didn't want to hear anything else.

“My representatives, Facundo Fraga and Luciano Galletti, told me that they were following me, that they were going to come to see me at a game. That undoubtedly gave me a lot of strength to continue working day by day and motivated to continue improving in my career.

“I trust my representatives a lot and I stay out of all that. I know they came to see me play, then I had some talks with them and now I'm excited to be able to travel and start this new experience at Manchester City."

Given Sergio Aguero's status in both Manchester and Argentina, Sarmiento was inevitably asked about the new Barcelona player, as well as working under Pep Guardiola.

"Agüero is a club idol, top scorer and the most winning player in the club's history," the teenager said. "I would have liked to share moments with him so that he could transmit all his experience to me.

"We have not spoken yet, surely now that the competition in Europe is over we will. I really want to learn from [Guardiola], pass on all his experience to me and improve by his side. He is one of the best coaches in the world. With Aguero the same, although now with his signing for Barca he will be a little busier. We will talk.

"I love how [Guardiola's] teams play. He is one of the best as I said and I am looking forward to putting myself at your service."


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