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Guardiola reckons ‘exceptional’ Newcastle will ‘stay’ in contention at top of the Premier League table

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reckons Saudi Arabian owned Newcastle are here to stay, in terms of competing at the top of the Premier League table.

Newcastle have progressed massively since their Saudi-backed takeover in October of 2021 and their subsequent appointment of Eddie Howe as manager.

The Magpies lost in the Carabao Cup final to Man United last Sunday and despite a recent blip in form, they remain very much in contention for a top-four finish this season.

Reigning Premier League champions Man City face Newcastle at the Etihad tomorrow and Guardiola believes the Magpies will continue to be a force to be reckoned with going forward, as well as paying tribute to their manager Eddie Howe.

”They have not been here [at the top] a long time, always you think they need time, but they’ve done exceptional recruitment,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“They’ve signed experienced players, exactly what they need, they have a manager with huge quality; maybe they were a surprise but not any more. I think they’ll stay there.”

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