Pep Guardiola ready to shake hands with Jose Mourinho

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Pep Guardiola has promised to bury the hatchet with Jose Mourinho when his Manchester City side come up against Manchester United in Monday's pre-season friendly.

The pair have found themselves living and working in the same city this summer and this season's Manchester derby is already a hot topic amongst its football-orientated residents.

However, the first Manchester derby will take place very, very far away from either the Etihad or Old Trafford with the venue of choice 5,000 miles away in China's capital city of Beijing.


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While it may be a strange place for the occasion, there was still expected to be plenty of heat between Guardiola and Mourinho with many pundits hoping to see them face off for an early mental advantage.

Guardiola has already admitted he wants to win the meaningless friendly match, which will be played in a half empty stadium after poor ticket sales, but has refused to entertain the idea of touchline antics between him and the Special One.


Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the former Bayern Munich manager called for a truce between he and his grandest adversary, confirming he will offer his hand before and after the match.

"Of course I will shake his hand. Why shouldn't I? We are polite guys. I want to win. So does he," he said, according to the BBC.

"I worked with him for three years at Barcelona. We have managed teams against each other and we are very professional. My relationship with him is normal."

Edgy Mourinho

Mourinho, speaking after Guardiola, was asked the same question in his press conference and offered up a similar response. However, the former Chelsea manager appeared to be irked by the suggestion that he wouldn't shake hands.

"To qualify the question I would use some impolite words," he said, speaking to the media outside because of 40-degree heat in the newsroom.

"Of course I'll shake his hand. I don't understand the question to Guardiola and I don't understand the question to myself. We worked together at Barcelona and we worked against each other in Spain. I don't see the reason for the question."

Time, place, pitch

The friendly match takes place in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing on Monday at 12:30 BST.

However, there are still doubts over whether it will actually take place with unseasonably torrential rain making the pitch virtually unplayable.

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