Nathan Redmond: Pep Guardiola was complimentary and positive to me

Nathan Redmond released statement to defend Pep Guardiola

Southampton winger Nathan Redmond has responded to speculations saying that Pep Guardiola harassed him at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday.

The England winger was approached by the Manchester City manager after Manchester City's 2-1 victory against Southampton. Redmond took to twitter to clear the air on what was discussed.

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

“I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that’s what makes him one of the best managers in world football.”

“I want to make it absolutely clear Pep Guardiola did not say what the Sun is falsely claiming in this story,” Redmond said. “Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me.

“Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed. But when one of the world’s best managers compliments you or gives advice in any way, you listen.”

Redmond scored the first goal at the Etihad last season as the Saints held on to a 1-1 draw.

"Last season he destroyed us here," said Guardiola. "I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is.

"On Wednesday he could not attack because they defend all the time, but that is what it is."

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