Sergio Gomez will remain with the Manchester City first-team squad once he joins the club, head coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
Gomez is on the verge of becoming Manchester City’s fourth summer signing after Erling Haaland, Stefan Ortega and Kalvin Phillips. A fee has been agreed for the left-back to complete a transfer from Anderlecht.
He will add depth in an important position for Guardiola’s team. They have lost Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal this summer, so have been in the market for a new left-back.
There have been theories, though, that Manchester City could loan Gomez out upon his arrival. They are still on the lookout for a more senior option in his position.
However, Guardiola has now confirmed that his imminent new arrival will stay within City’s squad.
Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: “He is for now. He is going to stay with us and he will be with the squad.
“Joao (Cancelo), Josh (Wilson-Esbrand) and him, (they will compete) for left-back.”
Cancelo thoroughly impressed in the left-back role for City last season, despite naturally being right-footed. Now, though, he should have someone else to keep him on his toes.
At the age of 21, Gomez has plenty of potential for the long-term. A Barcelona academy product, he has already had spells with Borussia Dortmund, Huesca and Anderlecht, from whom City will be buying him.
Pep Guardiola well aware of Sergio Gomez talent
Explaining the talent that will soon be at his disposal, Guardiola said: “In the (Under-17) World Cup five years ago, Phil Foden was the best player and he (Gomez) was the second-best player.
“He played in Spain Under-21s and he was a young talent for the academy of Barcelona.
“He went to Dortmund and didn’t have much minutes but in the last year played under the good hands of Vincent Kompany and Anderlecht, and he played really well. We targeted him and we could bring him here.”
During his spell with Anderlecht, Gomez – who, somewhat like Zinchenko, is also capable of playing in midfield – amassed 50 appearances, seven goals and 15 assists. He has never played in the Premier League before. But he has experienced a variety of footballing cultures for a player of his age.
It remains to be seen how heavily he will be used by Guardiola after his transfer. Whether a loan could come into the plans further down the line will be an interesting topic to keep an eye on.
But for now, it seems Guardiola is ready to show some trust in Gomez, even if he won’t be a regular starter for a while.
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