Revealed: What Pep Guardiola told Manchester City defender before he left the club this summer

Taylor Harwood-Bellis Manchester City Burnley
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Manchester City centre-back Taylor Harwood-Bellis has revealed what Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told him before his loan move to Burnley.

Harwood-Bellis has impressed on loan in the Championship at Blackburn and Stoke in the last 18 months, either side of a six-month spell at Anderlecht, when Kompany was in charge there.

According to Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Manchester City boss Guardiola encouraged him to go on loan to Burnley and be reunited with former teammate and coach Vincent Kompany because he’s the right manager for his development.

Harwood-Bellis said: “It’s the next stage and where I want to be so when a club like this comes knocking, it was the right step for what City wanted, for what I wanted, and for what Burnley wanted.

“He [ Guardiola ] told me the manager has to be right and the club has to be right for me as it’s a big part of my career.

“It’s class working with him [Kompany] and when he called me again, I knew straight away. It was the same feeling as when he called me before I went to Anderlecht.

“It’s a big loan for me in my career and progression. I feel like it was the right decision to come here with the football club and the manager.

“I was buzzing when he called me and it was a no-brainer with the club, not just the manager, although he was a big part of it.

“I watched him growing up and he was the person I watched being a City fan. He was huge and to work under him again will be class.”

Reflecting on his time at Anderlecht, which was cut short after he lost his place and a loan to Stoke became available, Harwood Bellis said: “It was massive for me in my life and in my progression in football. I really enjoyed it out there to be honest, it’s a good country and a good league.

“The club I was at was massive, and again the manager and the staff there were all brilliant. That made my decision quite easy to come here.

“[Kompany] said the same to me as he did when he was at Anderlecht. He’s come here to put his stamp on things and he’s got a plan for the club.

“Obviously he’s a winner himself and the thing I noticed at Anderlecht was that he makes everyone around him winners too.

“That was something I wanted to be a part of again and with the club, it’s matched with him as well. It’s huge, an easy decision.”