Manchester: Pep Guardiola has said he is frustrated by Premier League champions Manchester City’s failure to obtain a work permit for Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz.
Guardiola had planned on using the 20-year-old, signed from Vasco da Gama for 10.7 million pounds last summer, in his first team squad this season, providing cover for ageing compatriot Fernandinho.
But City learned this week their work permit applications had been denied by the Football Association (FA) – who would support any such request to the Home Office – with Guardiola particularly upset by the timing of the decision.
“He (Luiz) is not allowed,” said Guardiola, who made a point of giving Luiz game time on their recent tour of the United States. We are going to try to help him to go on loan again and try to get the work permit. It’s so difficult for me to understand.
“One guy who doesn’t see the player or any training sessions every day has to judge if he (Luiz) has the ability and quality to play. I accept the rules but I don’t understand because anybody in the world can work wherever he wants,” added the City coach.