Brazilian national team manager Tite has given a long interview to local outlet UOL this Friday, in which he spoke a lot about the preparation for the World Cup.

This time, he didn’t continue to compare his team to Manchester City, but there were still a few quotes from the boss that may interest the club’s fans.

The most important of them is the confirmation that Pep Guardiola is really interested in the Shakhtar Donets midfielder Fred.

Maybe it was not really Tite’s intention to reveal this, but when talking about the options he has for midfield, he was mentioning Fred and recalled a conversation he had with the Manchester City manager.

“Fred? He played really good. He’s very well. In an exchange of ideas, Guardiola asked about him,” Tite told UOL.

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The other time City got mentioned was actually about a Watford player. Tite was talking about the new talents who may miss the World Cup, and when commenting on Richarlison, he recalled a conversation that Pablo Zabaleta had with his assistant Silvinho after a game between Manchester City and Watford.

“Zabaleta told Sylvinho after a game: ‘you have an attacker who is an animal, who threw me three times out of the pitch’.”

Now could Zabaleta, having moved to West Ham, also indicate Richarlison to Pep Guardiola?