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Man City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis sends transfer reminder to Pep Guardiola

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Fernandinho may have become the unlikely fulcrum of Pep Guardiola's defence but the last few days have pointed to life beyond him.

He wasn't perfect in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle and then the Manchester City manager pointed out that he may not actually be at the Etihad next season given his contract is up in summer.

And there is Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 18 in January, who so impressed on the pre-season tour that he has already made his first team debut this season.

When Guardiola plans for City's future, that he has suggested he could be around for for longer than his 2021 contract, you would hope he considers how well Harwood-Bellis already fits into what he wants from a central defender before drawing on more unorthodox solutions.

If one is clearly a son of Barcelona, the other has been blooded in Manchester and as Garcia came off the bench at Turf Moor Harwood-Bellis was putting in an imperious performance at Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy.

Coolly confident on the ball and excellent reading the game, the teenager was authoritative throughout commanding his teammates and it is telling that he is one of the leaders coach Paul Harsley turns to to rally the troops.

Guardiola was frustrated not to sign a centre-back in summer and they looked light even when Aymeric Laporte was fit; without him, the difference has been a hefty chunk of the 13 points they have dropped this season.
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