Guardiola unhappy as Douglas Luiz denied work permit

Guardiola unhappy as Douglas Luiz denied work permit

Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City failed in their bid to obtain a work permit for Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz this week.

Guardiola was counting on Luiz to provide cover for Fernandinho in midfield, but the uncapped Brazilian was denied a work permit because he did not fit the authorities' criteria for non-EU citizens.

"They have to judge if he has the ability to decide".

Luiz signed a five-year deal with City last summer, with the English side taking him off Vasco da Gama's books, but he was loaned to the Etihad outfit's sister club Girona for the season. I accept the rules but I don't understand, anyone in the world can work where he wants.

The Citizens asked the Home Office based on his talent, which was backed up by Brazil coach Tite and former Arsenal star Edu. I don't understand but I'm in England and I can accept it. "He has shown many good things in training sessions and the reason why we spent a lot of money to buy him [£10.7m] is because he is a player with a huge capacity to play for us".

"They (the FA) didn't know him, not one game or training session".

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'I would have preferred it if it wasn't announced yesterday, ' he said.

Argentinian Football Association president Claudio Tapia claimed an approach was made but Guardiola was too expensive - a comment which has irked the City boss. We analysed it, we knew he was expensive, but we did not think so much.

"We would have needed to mortgage everything to pay him, and even that might not have been enough".

Guardiola said: "He's not allowed - I'm sad and disappointed about it".

"I don't know what will happen in the future, but he [Tapia] can't say Pep won't go because of the salary because for that he has to look at me and know everything". According to Guardiola, the youngster will be loaned out again this season.

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