Pep Guardiola has praised the efforts of three of his outgoing players as Oleksandr Zinchenko left Manchester City’s US training camp to undertake a medical with Arsenal in Orlando.
Having already parted ways with long-standing players Raheem Sterling, who joined Chelsea, and Gabriel Jesus, it’s been a summer of farewells for the Premier League champions.
While the attacking duo departed prior to pre-season, Zinchenko’s presence on City’s tour of the US afforded the club a chance to give him a proper send-off.
🗣 "It was nice yesterday with Alex [Zinchenko] because we could say goodbye properly."
Pep Guardiola pays tribute to Oleksandr Zinchenko after he agreed a move to Arsenal pic.twitter.com/PSpasVsOhX
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 20, 2022
Asked what message he has for those leaving, Guardiola said: “From myself, and I think on behalf of the club, our gratitude for the effort, for how they behave on and off the pitch.
“It was nice yesterday with Alex [Oleksandr] to say goodbye properly.
“Unfortunately with Raheem and Gabriel, we could not do it because it was the summertime but yesterday at dinner together we could say bye to him as he moves on to Arsenal.”
Zinchenko should be announced as a Gunner in the next 48 hours.
While Jesus may not have said his goodbyes in person, the striker says his parting conversation with Guardiola was typically positive.
“It was good, the conversation between me and him was really good,” he told Hayters.
“I expected that because we have an amazing relationship, you know, he called me when I was young in Brazil, I accept to come and work with him; one of the greatest managers of all time. I have a good, good relationship with him.”