Guardiola: City owner sees effort put in

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is pleased with the progress being made under his stewardship this season.

The Citizens are nine points off the pace in the Premier League title race, occupying third place, while still being involved in the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.

Guardiola, who replaced Manuel Pellegrini at the helm during the off-season, took his squad for warm-weather training in the United Arab Emirates last week, where he met with Mansour and City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup fifth-round replay with Huddersfield on Wednesday, the Spaniard said: "I was really impressed that [Sheikh Mansour] knew absolutely everything about us. It was nice to meet him and spend a few hours together.

"He is so happy because he sees all the games and he sees the effort, he demands it. He knows we make absolutely everything, we fight until the end and it was nice because of course it is important for us to know the president so that's why it was good."