Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is grateful to the club's board for the signing of "intelligent" playmaker Bernardo Silva, who the Catalan believes is ready to make an immediate Premier League impact.

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praises the "intelligence" of summer signing Bernardo Silva.

While most top clubs largely struggled in pre-season, Manchester City looked pretty good, defeating the likes of Real Madrid (4-1), Tottenham (3-0) and West Ham (3-0) after the opening loss to Manchester United (0-2), and they definitely seem well prepared for the new season.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

Guardiola actually enquired about Busquets last summer but a move never materialised, and it will surely be a hard task again this summer after Barca lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer. We were not able with those players to find a solution. This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens knowing how hard it is".

Goal revealed earlier in August that Sancho had already said goodbye to his youth-team colleagues, who were left under the impression that he would join Borussia Dortmund.

"I think Manchester City be right up there challenging for the title", said Hughton.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".

Chris Hughton insists Brighton can hold their own in the Premier League by targeting "middle market" signings while the big clubs flex their financial muscle.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.

Chelsea have 13 or 14 very good players who will match anyone. "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".