Manchester City cruise past Fulham at the Etihad Stadium

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The winger was left out of the squad for City's last game ahead of the worldwide break against Newcastle United, but Pep Guardiola was delighted with his performance as City maintained the pressure on early leaders Chelsea and Liverpool.

He was left out of Germany's World Cup squad in Russian Federation, while his body language was questioned by team-mate Toni Kroos during the worldwide break.

Leroy was so important, is so important, and will be so important for the club.

Sane faces more competition for a starting place following the arrival of club-record signing Riyad Mahrez in the summer, but Guardiola believes he will thrive on the rivalry in the squad.

At times last season, Bernardo appeared to be on the fringes of Pep Guardiola's squad, but in his second season since his move from Monaco, he has delighted him.

"It's a challenge for him - not just for him, for everybody".

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has expressed his desire to play for his local team Las Palmas after his contract at the Etihad expires in 2020. He's so competitive and professional.

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Fulham were fortunate to escape further damage as Bernardo Silva had a good effort deflected wide and Fernandinho narrowly missed the target with a thunderous strike. "He started in an incredible condition and he deserves to play".

"It's not about "I don't like you anymore" or "I prefer this one or the other one" - it's not. Last season I said if I stay here, this guy will stay here because he is special", added the City manager.

"That's not the case". At just 23-years-old he already has bags of top-level experience to his name and the potential to become one of the most unsafe players in world football. He will grow up.

Guardiola also said City would not sell star man Kevin De Bruyne for a world record fee of £225m.

- Leroy Sane has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 16 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (6 goals, 12 assists).

"It is nearly impossible to be more pleased as a manager with him", Guardiola said. "It feels that we are only halfway up our Everest", the billionaire said as he reflected on the past decade and, spelling out his vision for the future, declared that there was "much more to win".

"Everybody is here because after three seasons I want to work with them and I think they want to work with us".

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