Guardiola regrets Redmond rant after City victory

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Redmond has put to bed suggestions of the City boss doing anything wrong with a message on Twitter, and in particular lashed out at The Sun, who claimed that Guardiola had called him a wanker.

"[I told him] how good a player he is", Guardiola said. "I said to Nathan: 'You are a good player and you have to attack'". "I have to do that, hopefully I can improve", he added.

Speaking after the match, Guardiola had admitted his frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute", but insisted he was praising Redmond despite his rather aggressive-looking manner. "I admire him as a player and say thank you for his comments but if the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want".

Guardiola was predictably asked about Redmond on Friday, with the manager having been asked by the FA for an explanation as to his actions. The can do that with me, with Nathan and with The Sun.

"He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season", Redmond tweeted.

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Southampton manager Pellegrino refused to be drawn on the issue, insisting he still has not seen the incident or discussed it with Redmond.

'You know, if you are my friends, don't ask me the question, because you know I get into trouble, so no'. I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team. "It's the same as I do to beat them". Hojbjerg told Redmond such behaviour was not unusual and, if Guardiola liked a player, it did not matter whether they played for his side.

City's win over Southampton came courtesy of a 96th minute goal from Sterling, the third time in eight days the England striker had scored a late decider.

Redmond explained that "nothing negative or offensive was said towards me" and concluded: "Sadly this story is an example of lazy journalism and is a complete joke".