Pep Guardiola rejected the advances of Real Madrid before signing on as Manchester City boss in the summer, according to friend and biographer, Marti Perarnaui.
City face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday but he rejected the suggestion that he would rest certain players at the Hawthorns. We want him to have the same options as his team-mates. "When we have the ball, they are going to adapt to us".
West Brom manager Tony Pulis, famed for his pragmatism, is often portrayed in England as the antithesis to the stylish, idealistic Guardiola. West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City.
There have been some suggestions in the media this week that the Belgian's style of play may not be suited to Guardiola - but the manager has refuted those claims and says the club's focus is on ensuring he makes a full recovery from the muscle problems he's suffered over the last two years so that he can play regularly once again. The only Premier League side they've ever lost more in a row against is Chelsea (11, 2002-2011).
The biggest question marks ahead of the trip concern defender Vincent Kompany.
Guardiola said: "That has always happened in my career". To get the win was massive.
"We can win the upcoming games, which is the objective".
United go into the weekend in seventh place, six points behind leaders City, Arsenal and Liverpool. The injury was minimal compared to last season.
"When you arrive there and you don't need too many chances to score goals you become a good, good team".
"We've got all the ingredients, it's just about applying ourselves game in, game out and picking up points", said the 27-year-old Wales worldwide, who scored a sensational goal for his country in their Euro 2016 quarter-final win over Belgium.
"Tottenham are a fantastic team".
"For the mind of the players - especially for them because they didn't play any game without intention, without passion, without until the last minute they fight".
Arsenal bounced back from a draw against Middlesbrough with an easy win over Reading. "Today I am going to see them".
His longest run before that came in the spring of 2009, when he went five games without winning - but still ended that season with a treble of La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
"I don't think Real Madrid need a manager like me and I wouldn't fit there either".
"We have six games in a row without a win". It shows how hungry this team are to win. We made a good performance, so there's no regrets.
Sunday: Everton v West Ham (1.30pm); Southampton v Chelsea (4pm).