After what many supporters have called a successful tour for Manchester City in the United States, it seems Pep Guardiola isn't done with his preseason preparations.
The club still have a preseason game against West Ham United to look forward to in Iceland on Friday, a meeting which will see Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta play against their former club. In addition City will now take part in a short training camp in Catalonia and will play a friendly against Girona FC.
The La Liga club have taken four City players on loan this week, and they’ have an opportunity to face their parent club in preparation for their first season in Spain’s top flight. For City, it’s a chance to further adapt the new signings and escape the horrible weather of Manchester for a few days while training in beautiful, sunny Catalonia.
The interesting part of this camp is the fact that it takes place after the start of the Premier League season. City will play Brighton & Hove Albion away from home in 11 days, and instead of preparing for the next match against Everton in England, Pep is going to his home country to work with the squad for a little bit.
At least Guardiola will have his full squad of players available as the likes of Claudio Bravo and Bernardo Silva were absent from training so far thanks to their participation in the Confederations Cup.
Reports recently have suggested that the City Football Group have agreed to become joint-owners of Girona, and if that’s the case an announcement could be made during City’s short trip there.