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Pep Guardiola will not let City’s internationals leave if quarantine is required

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined Jurgen Klopp in vowing to ground his international stars if they are forced to quarantine.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in preventing his players from travelling for internationals if they would be required to quarantine on their return.

The current COVID-19 guidelines, players arriving in Britain from “red-list” countries, including Brazil and Argentina, are subject to 10 days’ hotel confinement.

Some nations, including Portugal, have moved fixtures to try and combat having to quarantine.

Jurgen Klopp said earlier in the week that he will prevent ‘some players’ from playing for their countries if they had to quarantine.

Pep Guardiola, speaking on Friday, said, “I think it makes no sense if the players go to the national team and then have to isolate for 10 days when they come back,

“We’ve worked incredibly tough for seven, eight or nine months and after the international break comes the real part of the season, and (if) important players, maybe six, seven, eight, nine players cannot play for 10 days, it makes no sense.

“They are not going to fly. That’s for sure. If they can fly, play with the national team and come straight back to training, they’ll fly.”

City stars that could potentially have to quarantine include: Sergio Aguero, Ederson, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez.

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