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MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola has rejected stories linking him to the vacant job as Argentina coach following the country's disappointing performance at the World Cup.

Argentina parted company with Jorge Sampaoli after they were knocked out of the World Cup by eventual winners France at the round-of-16 stage, with Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar taking over on an interim basis.

Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia had claimed that Guardiola was approached, but the Manchester City manager insisted he was never contacted and was annoyed by suggestions that his wages made a deal impossible.

"I'm a little bit disappointed because he cannot say, the president of Argentina, that I cannot contact Pep because his salary is amazing, to know that he has to know my salary," Guardiola told a news conference.

"The second one, he has to know if I want to go to a national team. I know exactly with the national team the approach is completely different.

"And the third thing is nobody contacted me. Of course I have a contract and I want to stay here with this project until the end.

"It was not correct to say the reason why and the last one, Argentina's national team manager has to be from Argentina and there are many and they are really good.

"So I am not going to train Argentina. I don't know what will happen in the future, but he can't say he won't go with Pep because of the salary because for that he has to talk to me and know everything. Next time he will do better."

Tapia has named Tottenham Hotspur bosss Mauricio Pochettino, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and River Plate's Marcelo Gallardo as potential candidates for the job.

A final decision on Sampaoli's successor is set be made in December.

New Liverpool signing Fabinho has told ESPN Brasil in an exclusive interview that he is working hard in training every day and is learning about conditioning like he never has before.

Fabinho, 24, joined the club this summer for €50 million from Monaco and the versatile defender has immediately been impressed at how manager Jurgen Klopp works behind the scenes.

"He is a coach who demands a lot of players. Every day, not only in games," Fabinho told ESPN Brasil. "He and his technical staff and the physical trainer are always with me. They tell me things that I need to improve and that no one has ever told me before. Off-field and strengthening tips -- I've been working with them on top of that -- and that's a thing that no one has ever told me.

"They are helping me to improve on every detail and raise my performance on the field. This has been positive for me. And I hope I can continue to develop as a player."

Fabinho began his career in Brazil before making his name at Monaco after moving there in 2015. He won Ligue 1 in 2016-17 and sees similarities between his old club and his new one.

"Monaco had a transition very similar to Liverpool's," he added. "I think these two teams can be compared in this way; both of them have very fast transition, with very fast players up front. I have adapted well in Liverpool. I've been doing well in the games we've played and I hope to be as important here as I was at Monaco.

"As a new player here, am looking forward to know this league. Making my debut will be a positive thing for us as well. The Premier League has a lot of intensity, a lot of physicality. I could see that in some friendlies we played against English teams. But I hope to adapt as soon as possible."

One of the things that will help him adapt to a new country is Liverpool's history of Brazilian players.

"It is very good to know that the club has affection for Brazilians, and that the Brazilians who have defended the club have been successful," he said. "Lucas Leiva was here for 10 years; Philippe Coutinho also spent a lot of time here; Roberto Firmino has been performing very well since he arrived and is adored by the fans. That's really good. I also hope to perform well, give my best and be treated with affection by the fans as well."

Fabinho joked earlier this month that he would try and persuade former Monaco teammate Kylian Mbappe, arguably the world's best young player, to join Liverpool. But he cleared up that he never would never actually speak to the 19-year-old about a transfer.

"A reporter asked me about Mbappe," he said. "I said he [Mbappe] congratulated me for coming to Liverpool. We talked for a while and the reporter asked me, in a casual tone, if I was going to try to bring him to Liverpool. I answered that he [Mbappe] was going to stay at PSG this year, but that maybe he would come next year if I talk to him. But that was a joke. I never talked about this with Mbappe."

LONDON -- Arsenal coach Unai Emery has said the prospect of Stan Kroenke gaining total ownership of the club is "positive" after the billionaire gave him his full backing in May.

Kroenke, who already owned two-thirds of the club, announced this week that minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov had agreed to sell his 30 percent stake to him.

The development has angered some fans because it would mean Kroenke could force the remaining smaller shareholders to sell their combined three percent stake, taking Arsenal into private ownership.

"I met the Kroenke family in Atlanta, and he gave us his commitment in this project with Arsenal," Emery told a news conference on Friday ahead of the season opener against Manchester City.

"And for that this news, for me, is positive, and his commitment to Arsenal is for me the most important."

Emery urged fans to go into the City game and the season with optimism and said he wanted his players to take one step at a time.

"My first message is clear: think about each match. Enjoy the challenges of each match," he said. "I am looking every day and the players are smiling in training with a big collective spirit.

"For me, that is the best message I can give the supporters. It's for that, my message for Sunday and for the season is optimism.

"On Sunday I want first to be together with our supporters. It helps if we're together, for the players to show their best performance and to transmit with every supporter the quality, the energy and the spirit to go forward against Manchester City."

Emery has a problem at left-back, with Sead Kolasinac out for two months and Nacho Monreal having only returned to full training on Friday following a minor knee issue.

The coach said he expected midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles to start in that position against City, although there was a small chance that Monreal would be ready.

"We are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this position. We want to give him confidence," Emery said. "I'm not sure because I am going to decide tomorrow on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio."

With European transfer windows still open, Emery said goalkeeper David Ospina, forward Joel Campbell and right-back Carl Jenkinson could still leave. However, he ruled out the possibility of selling Danny Welbeck or Mohamed Elneny, also linked with moves.

"Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to bring more players. We only have three players, Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave," he said.

"But the other players are with us and we are going to work in the Emirates the day before the match with all the players."

Emery praised City boss Guardiola, whom he faced at Barcelona while coaching Almeria and Valenca, saying: "His career as a player is bigger than mine and his career as a coach is also bigger than mine.

"But I like to play more against him because it's demanding for your preparation to try to win against his teams."

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has insisted Premier League clubs' spending does not guarantee trophies, adding "we do it differently here" after a quiet summer for his own club.

Going into his first ever competitive match with Bayern against his old club Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Super Cup on Sunday, Kovac has a similar squad to the one Jupp Heynckes left behind when retiring after last season.

Only Leon Goretzka joined the club on a free transfer from Schalke and Serge Gnabry returned from a one-year loan at Hoffenheim. Just one key player has left the club -- Arturo Vidal, who signed for Barcelona earlier this month.

And addressing his prematch news conference on Friday, Kovac commented on the differences between Bayern's lack of spending this summer and Premier League clubs such as Liverpool or Chelsea.

"The money's there in England. They try to gather the best players," Kovac said. "We do it differently here at Bayern. We have no investors, no owners. Experts are at work here who know the team from the inside out. They have built this team over the past decade."

He added: "We will remain true to ourselves. Not only we at FC Bayern, but I believe the structure in Germany won't change a lot."

Bayern Munich may be winners of six consecutive Bundesliga titles but have not reached a Champions League final since winning the trophy in 2013, falling to Spanish opposition in the past five years.

While no other German clubs managed to reach the knockout stage last year, five English teams reached the round of 16. Still, Kovac was not impressed.

"Spending big money does not mean you win all the silverware," he said. "Liverpool, for example, have invested a lot now, and also last season. They did not win the [Premier] League; they reached the Champions League final."

While Bayern have had no challengers in the Bundesliga, they have suffered the occasional defeat in the German cup, most recently in May, when Kovac's former club, Eintracht Frankfurt, ran away with the trophy with a 3-1 win against the Bavarian's in the final.

Kovac said he believes this is a good example that teams with smaller budgets can still find success.

"There are no guarantees," he said. "If you spent money, it's no guarantee you win stuff. There are other examples. We have shown at Frankfurt last season that you can also achieve things with little money."

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