Luiz appeared destined for an important role after City missed out on yet another Brazilian-born player, Italy international Jorginho, who opted to sign for Chelsea instead in July.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 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.“The manager from Brazil and myself know more than the guys who decide he is not able to play.”– ‘Thank you Jurgen’ –Guardiola, whose biggest investment in the close season transfer market was in Algerian international Riyad Mahrez paying £60million to Leicester City, said he would have preferred greater warning than being told on the day the transfer window came down.“They didn’t know him, not one game, not one training session, to know if he can play or not,” he said.“I would have preferred it if it wasn’t announced yesterday.“If they decide the rules are the rules, let me know 15 days ago and maybe we can decide what we can do but one day before and you decide he can’t play because, I don’t know, he is not tall enough, doesn’t play enough, games in the past or something like that? Okay.”Guardiola, who will have England striker Raheem Sterling and Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne available for Sunday’s opener with Arsenal after they returned from their post World Cup holidays, refused to fall into the trap laid by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp earlier on Friday saying City are the clear favourites for the title.Klopp has spent the most of any manager in the Premier League in the close season and may have been trying to shift some of the huge weight of expectations on his and his team’s shoulders.“Thank you Jurgen,” joked Guardiola.“But for nine years I’ve lived with it, no problem.“Every season except the first when I arrived, when I had people in Barcelona who didn’t know I was a manager, since then we’ve been the favourites but thank you Jurgen, you are so kind!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil midfielder Douglas Luiz will not be able to play for Manchester City this season after failing to obtain a work permit © AFP / RHONA WISEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Pep Guardiola says 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 last summer, in his first team squad this season, providing cover for ageing compatriot Fernandinho.
The Angels agreed to one-year deals Tuesday with right-handed relievers Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields. Rodriguez will earn $3,775,000. He made $440,000 last year, when he completed his first full season as the Angels’ No. 1 closer. He had a 2-5 record with a 2.67 ERA and 45 saves, tying for the AL lead. Rodriguez vacillated until the very end. After speaking with the New York Yankees third baseman earlier Tuesday, players’ association chief operating officer Gene Orza thought the two-time MVP was leaning toward not playing at all. Later in the day, Rodriguez made his decision to participate, according to agent Scott Boras. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Rangers also agreed to one-year deals with right-hander Adam Eaton ($4.65 million) and outfielder Brad Wilkerson ($3.9 million), avoiding arbitration with two players acquired in separate trades last month. Nationals sign Schneider, Johnson: Catcher Brian Schneider agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract with the Washington Nationals and first baseman Nick Johnson came to terms on a $3.2 million, one-year deal. Alfonso Soriano, acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers, asked for $12 million, the highest amount among the 44 players who swapped figures with their teams. The Nationals offered $10 million to Soriano, a raise of $2.5 million. Also: Boston Red Sox reliever Guillermo Mota agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract. … Pitcher Jason Marquis and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $5.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.1 million. … Third baseman Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000. … All-Star closer Brad Lidge and reliever Dan Wheeler agreed to one-year contracts with the Houston Astros. Lidge got a $3,975,000 deal, and Wheeler’s contract is for $930,000. … New York Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a raise of $900,000. Reserve infielder Chris Woodward also agreed to an $825,000, one-year contract with New York. … Pitchers Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen and Todd Williams agreed to one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles along with outfielder Corey Patterson. Chen will receive a significant raise to $3.8 million. Bedard will receive a base salary of $1.4 million. Williams will receive $775,000, and Patterson, acquired on Jan. 9 from the Chicago Cubs, gets $2.8 million. … Left-hander Ted Lilly and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract. … Right-hander Kip Wells agreed to a $4.15 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. … The Seattle Mariners and utility player Willie Bloomquist agreed to a two-year contract worth $1,525,000. … The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to one-year contracts with Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and shortstop Alex Cintron. Hudson got a $2.3 million deal and Cintron got a $1.6 million contract. … The Detroit Tigers agreed to one-year contracts with Jeremy Bonderman, Chris Spurling and Carlos Pena. Bonderman got a $2.3 million deal, Spurling agreed to a $725,000 contract and Pena’s deal is for $2.8 million. … The Atlanta Braves agreed to a $2.2 million contract with starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez and a $462,500 deal with newcomer Oscar Villarreal. … Russell Branyan cleared waivers and was released by the Milwaukee Brewers. A-Rod to play for U.S.: His allegiance torn between the Dominican Republic and United States, Alex Rodriguez finally made up his mind and decided he will participate in the World Baseball Classic as a member of the U.S. team. Shields will earn $2.1 million. He had a 10-11 record and a 2.75 ERA with seven saves after appearing in a club record 78 games in 2005. He made $950,000. Teixeira gets new deal: All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira agreed to a $15.4 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding salary arbitration this year and next. Teixeira hit .301 with 43 home runs and 144 RBI last season.